BUFFALO, NY-- Jose Sanchez-Ocampo, a manager of Don Tequila & other Mexican restaurants that were raided by the feds on Tuesday, remains in jail.
Sanchez-Ocampo, 37, along with restaurant owner Sergio R. Mucino, 42, and Marguin Sanchez, 22, is charged with conspiracy to harbor illegal aliens.
The investigation centered around four restaurants that Mucino owns, and where he allegedly employed the unauthorized workers. The restaurants include: Don Tequila on Allen Street in Buffalo, El Agave on Union Road in Cheektowaga, Agave on Elmwood Avenue in Buffalo, and La Divina on Delaware Avenue in Kenmore.
Investigators say ongoing surveillance began in July 2014. According to a release by the U.S. Attorney's Office, investigators discovered 38 individuals working at the four restaurants and living in apartments and houses near the restaurants that were paid by the suspects.
Sanchez-Ocampo appeared in Federal Court Wednesday morning. His attorney Paul Dell, said in court, "He's not a murderer, rapist or a drug dealer he makes good tacos."
Mucino appeared in court on Tuesday and was released on bail. Marguin Sanchez is believed to be in California. No other information about him has been released.
One of the restaurants, La Davina, is expected to reopen on Friday at 11am.