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Two Canadians Sentenced in Alien Smuggling Case

April 15, 2013

The Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Vermont announced that Jonas Paul-Emile, 26, of Montreal and Emmanuel Badio, Jr., 41, also of Montreal, have been sentenced in United States District Court in Rutland on immigration charges. Today, Chief Judge Christina Reiss sentenced Badio to 24 months of imprisonment following his guilty plea to being found in the United States after being deported. Last December, Judge Reiss sentenced Paul-Emile to time served upon his guilty plea to a charge of alien smuggling.

According to court records, Jonas Paul-Emile entered the United States from Canada at the Champlain, New York Port-of-Entry on the evening of October 28, 2012. He was driving his own car and was alone. The next day, a Border Patrol agent observed Paul-Emile in Derby, Vermont and became suspicious. During surveillance, other Border Patrol agents followed Paul-Emile to a rural road that runs parallel to and within a few feet of the border. Paul-Emile then returned to a hotel in Newport.

Suspicious that Paul-Emile might be preparing for some kind of smuggling attempt, agents continued their surveillance. After dark on October 29, they observed him drive back to the area near the border he had earlier visited. Brake lights indicated the car stopped briefly before leaving the area and getting onto the Interstate Highway in Derby heading south. A vehicle stop revealed that Badio and a Dominican national, Juan Rodriguez-Castro, were then passengers in the car, having walked across the border through the woods. Because he had an extensive criminal record, Badio had been deported to Canada from the United States in 2000 and is not permitted to return. Rodriguez-Castro had no permission or visa to enter this country.

Paul-Emile was represented by John Pacht and Badio by David Williams. The prosecutor is Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory Waples.

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