A Hogansburg man faces a federal indictment alleging he conspired with another man to transport illegal aliens into the United States, and three others also are named in the indictment stemming from a February incident.
Ian R.E. Tarbell is charged with conspiracy to transport aliens, transporting aliens and bringing aliens to the United States. The charges are contained in a grand jury indictment handed up Wednesday in U.S. District Court, Syracuse. Oleh Solomon, a citizen of the Ukraine, also is charged with conspiracy to transport aliens and transporting aliens. Two Polish nationals are charged with unlawful re-entry into the country, having previously been removed only to return Feb. 24.
According to criminal complaints filed in the action, Border Patrol agents observed a white Mitsubishi Galant warranting elevated suspicion because it was making numerous movements around the parking lot of Walmart on Route 37 in Massena with no one getting in or out.
Just before 8 p.m., a white Cadillac Escalade pulled into the lot and parked next to the Galant, with four people getting out of the Escalade and into the back seat of the Galant.
An agent followed the Galant containing six passengers onto Route 420 before halting it.
Mikita Palaukov, the driver, and Mr. Solomon told agents they were in the United States legally, although Mr. Palaukov allegedly admitted the other four passengers were illegal aliens.
Mr. Palaukov was named in the indictment.
Simultaneously, other agents followed the Escalade to a residence in the village, where agents saw the driver, later identified as Mr. Tarbell, go inside, come out and drive away in a Chevrolet Silverado onto North Raquette Road.
The vehicle was halted on ONeill Road, where Mr. Tarbell allegedly admitted he knew he was transporting illegal aliens from St. Regis Village, Quebec, to Massena and was being paid $450. According to court documents, one of the Polish nationals told agents he had entered the United States from Canada by sled.
Mr. Tarbell has been released on his own recognizance, while Mr. Solomon is in U.S. marshals custody pending a detention hearing. The status of the two Polish citizens was not available.