Italian Smuggler Caught After Fleeing From Border Patrol
ALBANY, NEW YORK – Efisio Mascia, age 36, and a citizen of Italy residing in Ibiza, Spain, was arrested Tuesday after a high-speed flight from Border Patrol on New York State Route 37 near Malone, New York. The arrested followed a failed smuggling attempt. No one was injured.
The announcement was made by United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Robert N. Garcia, Chief Patrol Agent, United States Border Patrol, Swanton Sector.
According to the criminal complaints, Border Patrol Agents interrupted an alien smuggling event in progress along the border near the Fort Covington Port of Entry. An agent attempted to pull over a New Jersey-plated BMW that was observed on a private dirt road along the border at the same time that a woman was observed illegally crossing the border.
The BMW initially yielded to the Border Patrol Agent, but sped off at a high rate of speed. Agents lost contact with the vehicle but later came upon it stopped in traffic at the intersection of State Routes 37 and 11. A Border Patrol agent pulled into the intersection with emergency lights on, blocking the BMW, when the BMW then backed up at a high rate of speed, turned 180 degrees in the opposite direction and fled again.
Agents found the driver, Mascia, hiding behind a closed store, and found the smuggled alien, a woman from France, in a store parking lot across the street. The BMW was later found abandoned on Route 30 south of Malone.
The charges in the complaints are merely accusations. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Mascia was charged with transporting an alien unlawfully present in the United States. He appeared today before United States Magistrate Judge Gary L. Favro and was ordered detained pending a detention hearing scheduled for October 25. The smuggled alien, Sofie You, age 38, of Paris, France, is charged with the misdemeanor offense of entry without inspection.
The charges filed against Mascia carry a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, and a post-imprisonment term of supervised release of up to 3 years. A defendant’s sentence is imposed by a judge based on the particular statute the defendant is charged with violating, the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines, and other factors.
This case is being investigated by Border Patrol and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward P. Grogan.
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