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Mexican citizen receives 5-year sentence for smuggling humans, firearms into New York

Rey Felix-Rubio, a 32-year-old Mexican citizen, was sentenced to five years in prison for his involvement in alien smuggling and the unlawful possession of a firearm. The sentencing was announced by United States Attorney Carla B. Freedman and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge Matthew Scarpino. Felix-Rubio’s illegal activities came to light following his guilty plea, where he confessed to smuggling five Mexican citizens into the United States for financial gain in February 2023, all while illegally possessing a loaded firearm.


The incident took place near the northern border in Chateauguay, New York, where Felix-Rubio, who unlawfully entered the U.S. in 2021, was caught engaging in the smuggling operation. His actions not only violated immigration laws but also federal firearms statutes, given his status as an illegal alien with a weapon.

Following his prison term, United States District Judge Mae A. D’Agostino has mandated a 1-year supervised release for Felix-Rubio. After serving his sentence, he will be transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for deportation proceedings. The case was thoroughly investigated by HSI and the Border Patrol, with Assistant U.S. Attorney Jeffrey C. Stitt leading the prosecution.