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Akwesasne Man Pleads Guilty to Driving Away from Port of Entry

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Northern District of New York

PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK – Brennan J. Thompson, age 43, of Cornwall Island, Ontario, pled guilty today to driving away from the Massena Port of Entry while Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers attempted to search his vehicle.

The announcement was made by Acting United States Attorney Antoinette T. Bacon and Robert Dwyer, CBP Director of the Massena Port of Entry.

Thompson pled guilty to a high-speed flight from an immigration checkpoint. As part of his guilty plea, Thompson admitted that on May 13, 2020, he was operating a silver Lincoln sedan when he approached the Massena Port of Entry, seeking to enter the United States from Canada.  When asked to open the vehicle’s trunk for inspection, Thompson quickly accelerated away from the inspection booth, made a U-turn and sped back into Canada.  Thompson was arrested on June 28, 2020 and has been in custody since that date.

Chief United States District Judge Glenn T. Suddaby is scheduled to sentence Thompson on June 24, 2021.   Thompson faces up to 5 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, and up to 3 years of post-imprisonment supervised release.  A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other factors. 

This case was investigated by CBP and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas Collyer.

Updated February 25, 2021