A Colombian man was sentenced in federal court Monday after admitting to driving two Mexican citizens from the Akwesasne Mohawk Reservation to Ellenburg, N.Y. last month.
Twenty-four year old Brayan Granados-Betancourt was sentenced to time served after spending 29 days in jail awaiting sentencing.
He admitted to picking up the Mexican citizens in a rental car on July 7 and driving them to Ellenburg, N.Y., where they were stopped by Border Patrol agents based on a tip.
The Mexican citizens had crossed from Canada by boat into the United States.
The three men were acquaintances and Granados-Betancourt agreed to drive the two, Marcelo Chavez-Vera and Carlos Olivar-Varon, to New York City.
They were convicted of illegal entry into the U.S. on July 20.
After sentencing, Granados-Betancourt was turned over to Homeland Security for deportation.
He was in the U.S. on a visitor’s visa.