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Stowaways Arrested at International Railway Bridge

Release Date: 
March 31, 2015

BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Buffalo Field Office and the U.S. Attorney General’s office announced yesterday that a Brazilian citizen was arrested and charged following an attempt to enter the U.S. without inspection at the Blackrock International Railway Bridge.

Demilson Loubak Ferreira, 36, a citizen of Brazil, was charged with improper entry to the U.S. by an alien. Ferreira, along with his wife and a child, hopped aboard an international freight train and attempted to conceal themselves while passing through inspection. CBP officers discovered the family and took them into custody.

"This was an outstanding job by our front line officers," said Acting Director of Field Operations Rose Hilmey. "Our officers do an excellent job identifying cargo or persons that require further inspection. In this case, the officers discovered individuals who hid in a freight train in an attempt to avoid CBP."

Ferreira made an appearance on March 30 before a U.S. magistrate judge in Buffalo. He was sentenced to time served. Ferreira’s wife and child were returned to Canada on March 27. Ferrerira will also be removed to Canada. 

The plea and sentencing were the result of an investigation by CBP’s Buffalo Field Office, under the direction of ADFO Rose Hilmey.

Last modified: 
February 9, 2017