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Mexican Citizen Sentenced to 60 Months for Alien Smuggling and Unlawful Possession of a Firearm

PLATTSBURGH, NEW YORK – Rey Felix-Rubio, age 32, a citizen of Mexico, was sentenced today to 60 months in prison for conspiracy to commit alien smuggling and unlawful possession of a firearm. United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Matthew Scarpino, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), made the announcement.

As part of his earlier guilty plea, Felix-Rubio, an illegal alien who entered the United States unlawfully in 2021, admitted that in February 2023, he traveled to the northern border in Chateauguay, New York, where he smuggled five Mexican citizens into the United States for profit.  Felix-Rubio smuggled the aliens while unlawfully possessing a loaded firearm as an illegal alien. 

United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino also imposed a 1-year term of supervised release following Felix-Rubio’s release from prison.  Felix-Rubio will be taken into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody for deportation proceedings following his release from prison.

HSI and the Border Patrol investigated this case.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Stitt prosecuted the case.


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