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Illegals reported crossing border

ALBANY A citizen of the Dominican Republic was sentenced for illegally entering the country. Angel Salvador Rodriguez 62, formerly of Dorchester, Mass., was sentenced June 5 to 24 months in federal prison followed by three years supervised release by Senior United States District Court Judge Thomas J. McAvoy. The sentencing follows the May 17 guilty plea to the charge of reentry of a removed alien. Rodriguez was encountered and arrested by U.S. Border Patrol Agents less than half a mile south of the international border after he secretly entered the U.S. from Canada near Champlain March 24, 2007. Rodriguez was physically removed from the U.S. to the Dominican Republic July 19, 2000, after being convicted in U.S. District Court, for participation in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine in 1989. The investigation was conducted by the U.S. Border Patrol, Champlain. In another incident, two citizens of Mexico pleaded guilty on June 6 to the misdemeanor offense of illegal entry by an alien. Hugo Martinez-Chavez, 30 and Gorje Galvan-Garcia, 24 admitted that on May 22 they entered the U.S. together by walking across the international border between the U.S. and Canada at a remote location near Rouses Point, thereby avoiding immigration and customs inspection. Both were arrested by U.S. Border Patrol Agents who found them hiding in brush approximately 200 yards south of the border. Martinez-Chavez and Galvan-Garcia were each sentenced by U.S. Magistrate Judge David R. Homer to 15 days time served and were immediately remanded to the custody of the Department of Homeland Security for removal proceedings. The matter was investigated by the U.S. Border Patrol, Champlain.

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