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Brazilian Citizen Admits Transportation of Illegal Aliens

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

ALBANY, NEW YORK – Rosalvo Caetano, age 46, and a citizen of Brazil, pled guilty today to transporting two illegal aliens within the United States.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Robert N. Garcia, Acting Chief Patrol Agent, United States Border Patrol, Swanton Sector.

Caetano admitted that on May 12, 2018, he drove from Worcester, Massachusetts, to Fort Covington, New York, where he picked up two illegal aliens who had secretly crossed the border from Canada.  Border Patrol Agents arrested Caetano and his passengers in Malone, New York.  Caetano, himself an illegal alien, was living in Worcester.  Following his term of imprisonment, he will be processed by the Department of Homeland Security, for removal proceedings.

Caetano faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 when he is sentenced by Senior United States District Judge Gary L. Sharpe on October 16, 2018.  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. 

The passengers arrested with Caetano were prosecuted for the misdemeanor offense of entry without inspection.  Gabriel Felipe Dias Prado, age 19, and a citizen of Brazil, was convicted of entry without inspection and sentenced to 20 days in jail.  Ilcione Bazoni, also known as Carlos Cousa, age 62, and a citizen of Brazil, was convicted of entry without inspection and sentenced to 45 days in jail.    

This case was investigated by Border Patrol and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward P. Grogan.

Updated June 18, 2018

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