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Border Patrol Agents in Northern New York Arrest Man from Turkey

Release Date: 
February 23, 2018

BURKE, N.Y. – Early Tuesday morning, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Burke Station arrested Ibrahim Evelek, a citizen of Turkey, age 30, during a failed smuggling attempt.

At approximately 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Border Patrol agents from the Burke Station responded to reports of suspicious activity along the international border near Chateaugay. As agents approached the area, they observed a vehicle traveling toward them on Rhinehart Rd. Given the time of day and proximity to the border, they stopped the vehicle to investigate.

When agents interviewed the subjects, the driver showed a U.S. passport identifying him as a U.S. citizen and the passenger, Ibrahim Evelek, presented a Turkish Identification Card but did not have any immigration documents that would allow him to enter or remain in the United States. During the interview agents determined the driver was Evelek’s brother, who drove from New Jersey to pick Evelek up. Both subjects were taken into custody and brought to the Burke Station for further investigation.

Record checks at the station confirmed the citizenship and immigration status of the brothers. Evelek was processed for illegal entry under 8 USC 1325. His United States citizen brother was released.

“The quick response by the agents resulted in the immediate arrest of this individual,” said Burke Station Patrol Agent in Charge Dennis O’Neill. “I’m proud of the vigilance U.S. Border Patrol Agents display every day to keep our border secure and our country safe.”

The Swanton Sector is responsible for securing the land border between ports of entry in Vermont, New Hampshire and northeastern New York. The coordination with assistance of citizens is invaluable to the Border Patrol's border security mission and we welcome community members' help to keep our nation’s borders safe. Please 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.

Last modified: 
February 23, 2018