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Border Patrol checkpoint leads to fugitive arrest


FUGITIVE FROM JUSTICE - MASSENA - Massena-based state police charged Juan Reyes Hernandez, 67, of 103 Queens Drive, Apt. E, Hudson Falls with being a fugitive from justice Saturday.

Hernandez was wanted by the Miami Dade County, Fla. Sheriff’s Office on a warrant dating back to 1991 charging him with resisting arrest without violence - cocaine possession.

He was arraigned on the warrant by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility without bail pending extradition proceedings.

Hernadez had been turned over to troopers by the United States Border Patrol.

Agents said they had apprehended Hernandez, who was born in Puerto Rico, in the early morning hours Saturday after he allegedly attempted to avoid a checkpoint on Route 30 in Tupper Lake. He allegedly approached the checkpoint and then suddenly turned around and sped off before reaching the primary inspection lane.

His 2000 Toyota was stopped by agents approximately 2 miles from the checkpoint, and agents found he was transporting an illegal Mexican alien, Rufiro Lopez-Pablo, 43, from a farm in Madrid to a ranch near Johnsville.

Lopez-Pablo was charged with being an illegal alien by the Border Patrol.

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