A federal judge refused again today to release a Canadian woman arrested last month on alien-smuggling charges after prosecutors presented what they called evidence of connections to international terrorist networks.
Lucia Garofalo, 35, of Montreal, was arrested Dec. 19 with Algerian national Buoabide Chamchi, 20, as they tried to cross from Canada into Vermont.
U.S. Magistrate Jerome Neidermeier denied a motion for Garofalo's release on bail after prosecutors presented evidence that she made telephone calls to a person indirectly linked to Ahmed Ressam, who was arrested in Port Angeles, Wash., on Dec. 14 and charged with trying to bring bomb-making materials into the United States from Canada.
Garofalo has pleaded not guilty to a variety of immigration charges and denied any connection to Ressam or any violent political group.
Prosecutors said Garofalo telephoned Raja Aslam, who was not previously named in the case, on the day of Ressam's arrest and had Aslam's phone number in her pocket when she was arrested.
Aslam received eight telephone calls from a portable phone that also placed 23 calls to Abdel Ghani, who is being held in New York state on explosives charges in connection with the investigation, prosecutors said.
Another Algerian linked to Ghani was indicted today by a federal grand jury in Seattle. Abdel Hakim Tizegha, 29 and a friend of Ghani, was charged with illegally re-entering the United States on Dec. 24 and eluding border officers at the Canadian border at Blaine, Wash.