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Date: 03-23-2023

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United States of America v. Jose Alvarez

Case Number: 2:22-cr-00117

Judge: Christina Reiss

Court: United States District Court for the District of Vermont (Chitadden County)

Plaintiff's Attorney: United States Attorney’s Office in Burlington

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Description: Burlington, Vermont criminal defense lawyer represented Defendant charged with conspiracy to transport foreign nationals n furtherance of their illegal entry into the United States.

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At about 3:00 a.m. on September 25, 2022, Jose Alvarez, age 31, of Trenton, New Jersey, was arrested near East Berkshire, Vermont after he had picked up four Guatemalan citizens who had just entered the United States illegally. Three of the foreign nationals stated each expected to pay $2000 to $3000 to Alvarez or his associates as a fee to be smuggled into the United States. Alvarez admitted to soliciting others to engage in the transportation of foreign nationals and to coordinating payment and pick up logistics with other members of the conspiracy.

U.S. Attorney Nikolas P. Kerest credited the agents of the United States Border Patrol for their investigation and apprehension of Alvarez and their continued efforts to prevent the exploitation of foreign nationals by human-smuggling organizations.

This matter was investigated by the United States Border Patrol. Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Drescher was the prosecutor. Alvarez was represented by Michael Straub, Esq., of Burlington.

Outcome: Imprisonment for a term of 14 months, with credit for time served, followed by 3 years S/R

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