SWANTON, V.T. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Swanton Sector conducted an immigration checkpoint from September 19 – September 21, resulting in the arrest of five illegal aliens and the seizure of approximately 250 pounds of marijuana. The sector established the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 87 in North Hudson, NY.
“Checkpoint operations are a critical enforcement tool for the enforcement of our immigration laws and are a part of our defense in depth strategy,” said Swanton Sector Deputy Chief Patrol Agent William Maddocks, “In addition to technology, manpower and intelligence, checkpoints help to deny access to major routes of egress away from the border and into our communities in the interior of the U.S.”
The checkpoint resulted in the arrest of five individuals who did not have legal immigration status. The arrested individuals were from Chile, Dominican Republic, Guyana, Mexico and Uruguay. All five were placed into removal proceedings and turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
In addition to the immigration violations, agents seized a load of marijuana weighing approximately 250 pounds and arrested the driver transporting the drugs. The subject and contraband were turned over to the New York State Police for further investigation and prosecution.
The Swanton Sector is responsible for securing the land border between ports of entry in Vermont, New Hampshire and northeastern New York. The assistance of citizens is invaluable to their border security mission and they welcome community members to help them keep our nation’s borders safe and report suspicious activity at 1-800-689-3362.
For more on Customs and Border Protection’s mission at our nation’s ports of entry with CBP officers and along U.S. borders with Border Patrol agents, please visit the Border Security section of the CBP website.