Akwesasne woman sentenced to 10 months in prison for smuggling aliens
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 3:13 pm

AKWESEANE – An Akwesasne woman was sentenced to ten months in prison after pleading guilty to two counts of transporting illegal aliens, according to United States Attorney Richard S. Hartunian and United States Border Patrol Agent in Charge (Ogdensburg) Timothy Morgan.

The defendant’s sentence included forfeiture of $1,000, the fee she received for driving the aliens to Syracuse.

As part of her guilty plea on Nov. 9, 2016, Bush admitted to knowingly transporting two Chinese citizens within the United States.

Bush admitted that she picked up the two aliens at the Akwesasne Reservation and began to drive them to Syracuse.

Law enforcement officers stopped her vehicle in Hammond, at which time the aliens were identified and determined to be in the United States illegally after crossing the St. Lawrence River from Canada without inspection by U.S. Immigration officers.

The case was investigated by the United States Border Patrol Ogdensburg and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Tamara Thomson.