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Border Patrol arrests seven in smuggling attempt in upstate New York

Release Date: 
February 11, 2020

HOGANSBURG, N.Y. - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Massena Border Patrol Station arrested seven individuals in connection to a failed smuggling attempt on Monday. 

On February 10, Border Patrol agents assisted the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police when occupants of a vehicle they had stopped on State Route 37 in Hogansburg jumped out of the vehicle and fled on foot.  After finding and placing all subjects under arrest, agents confirmed that five of the passengers were citizens of Colombia who entered the United States illegally and not at a designated port of entry.  All were transported to the Border Patrol Station for processing where two subjects were charged with Improper Entry by Alien in violation of 8 USC 1325 and the remaining three were placed into removal proceedings. 

The driver and front passenger, both United States citizens, were charged with Alien Smuggling in violation of 8 USC 1324.  Alien smuggling is a felony, which carries a penalty of a fine and up to 5 years in prison for each violation. 

“Border Patrol Agents of the Massena Station work day and night to detect and apprehend illicit cross border activity,” said Massena Station Patrol Agent in Charge Wade Laughman. “The apprehension of this alien smuggling event is just another example of their tireless efforts to keep our communities safe and enforce the laws of the United States.”

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Last modified: 
February 11, 2020