Inmate at Lindsay superjail facing extradition to U.S. in human smuggling case

April 5, 2012

The Peterborough Examiner on April 5, 2012 released the following:

“By GALEN EAGLE Examiner Staff Writer

A Cornwall area man facing extradition to the United States on allegations of human smuggling is currently before the Peterborough courts awaiting a bail hearing.

The Public Prosecution Service of Canada issued a warrant for the arrest of Dennis Jocko, 58, who faces multiple counts of smuggling illegal aliens into the United States and failing to appear for court. Jocko was serving a jail sentence at the Central East Correctional Centre in Lindsay at the time of his arrest Feb. 15.

The U.S. Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Border Patrol allege Jocko was part of a scheme to smuggle illegal aliens into the United States across the St. Lawrence River via the Akwesasne Mohawk Indian Reservation.

According to an affidavit by RCMP Immigration Task Force’s Corp. Louise Savard, the U.S. accuses Jocko of accepting money from three United Kingdom residents in exchange for smuggling them south of the border.

Jocko arranged their travel across the border by smuggling them across the St. Lawrence River by boat and arranging for a car to pick them up on the U.S. side of the border, the court documents state.

Three people Jocko allegedly smuggled — U.K. nationals Michael Connors, James O’Connor and Francis McNerney — have agreed to testify against Jocko, the documents show.

Jocko was allegedly paid sums of $1,300, $2,000 and $2,500 for his three illegal trips.

U.S. Border Patrol arrested Jocko in Burlington, Vt., April 10, 2010 and he was released on a $20,000 cash bond on a promise to appear for a pretrial conference Jan. 4, 2011 in New York state.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice, Jocko failed to attend that court date and has been at large ever since.

The RCMP recently discovered that Jocko was back in Ontario, serving an eight-month sentence at the Lindsay jail stemming from an April 2009 arrest by Akwesasne Mohawk Police Services on impaired driving and flight from police. He was sentenced on the charges Sept. 13 and was to be released from jail Feb. 22 but was arrested on the extradition warrant a week before his release.

Jocko has an extensive criminal record dating back to 1976 that includes assaulting a police officer, drug trafficking and possession of smuggled goods, his court documents show.

A Syracuse, N.Y., court sentenced one of Jocko’s co-accused last year.

Carl Thompson, 44, of Cornwall, pleaded guilty Oct. 6, 2010, to one count of bringing illegal aliens into the United States and was sentenced Feb. 3, 2011 to three years imprisonment followed by three years of supervised release.

Thompson admitted to his role in smuggling an Irish man, with no permission to enter the U.S., into the country using a boat on the St. Lawrence River to cross through the international boundary between Cornwall Island to the land-locked portion of the reservation in Quebec and from there to a business location in Massena, N.Y.

Jocko briefly appeared in Peterborough’s Superior Court of Justice Monday. His case was adjourned to April 26 for a bail hearing. No date has been set for his extradition hearing.”


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