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Maryland Man Sentenced to Prison for Unlawfully Transporting Illegal Immigrants

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

SYRACUSE, NEW YORK – Alexander Guillen-Tamayo, age 32, of Lanham, Maryland, was sentenced yesterday to 12 months and one day in prison after previously pleading guilty to unlawfully transporting illegal immigrants.

United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Chief Patrol Agent Robert N. Garcia, United States Border Patrol, Swanton Sector, made the announcement.

In pleading guilty, Guillen-Tamayo admitted that, on a date prior to October 8, 2022, he was contacted by an individual who asked him to drive to Champlain, New York to pick up illegal immigrants and drive them to Maryland.  On October 8, 2022, he drove to Champlain, New York from his home in Maryland, and picked up a group of illegal immigrants.  The defendant’s vehicle was subsequently stopped near Plattsburgh, New York.  The defendant admitted that he planned to drive the illegal immigrants to Maryland, and that he expected to be paid approximately $3,000.

The United States Border Patrol and the Clinton County (New York) Sheriff’s Office investigated the case, and it was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica N. Carbone.

Updated February 14, 2023