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Pennsylvania Man Pleads Guilty and is Sentenced for Unlawfully Transporting Aliens

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

UTICA, NEW YORK – Juan Francisco Izalde-Bautista, age 34, of Hershey, Pennsylvania, pled guilty and was sentenced today to 6 months in prison for unlawfully transporting two Mexican citizens who were illegally present in the United States.

The announcement was made by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Acting Chief Patrol Agent Keith Hoops, United States Border Patrol, Swanton Sector.

Izalde-Bautista admitted that on October 2, 2022, he drove from Hershey to Potsdam, New York, to pick up two citizens of Mexico who had recently illegally crossed the international border from Canada into the United States.  Izalde-Bautista also admitted that he planned to drive the two Mexican nationals to Hershey. 

This case was investigated by the United States Border Patrol and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Rick Belliss.

Updated November 16, 2022

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