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Ontario Man Sentenced For Harboring An Illegal Alien

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

CONTACT: Barbara Burns
PHONE: (716) 843-5817
FAX #: (716) 551-3051

BUFFALO, N.Y. - U.S. Attorney James P. Kennedy, Jr. announced today that Jason O. Garcia, 42, of Vaughn, Ontario, who was convicted of harboring an illegal alien, was sentenced to time served (100 days) by Senior U.S. District Judge William M. Skretny.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Meghan A. Tokash, who handled the case, stated that on August 5, 2019, the defendant attempted to enter the United States in a commercial truck at the Lewiston Bridge Port of Entry. When asked if anyone else was present in the truck, Garcia stated “no.” Following a primary inspection, the truck was to the Vehicle and Cargo Inspection System for a scan. As the defendant appeared headed toward the scanning area, Garcia instead drove the truck in front of a warehouse. A second individual got out of the truck and walk directly into the entrance of the warehouse. The truck then turned around in the parking lot and headed towards the scanning area. Customs and Border Protection Officers located the individual in the hallway of the warehouse. The individual had a Chilean passport concealed in his pants. A records check determined the individual was refused entry into the United States under the Visa Waiver Program for failing to disclose a previous arrest in Chile.

The sentencing is the result of an investigation by Customs and Border Protection, under the direction of Director of Field Operations Rose Brophy.

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Updated June 24, 2020

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