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Border Patrol arrests three in smuggling attempt in upstate New York

Release Date: 
January 29, 2020

MASSENA, N.Y. - U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Massena Border Patrol Station arrested three individuals in connection with a failed smuggling attempt on Friday morning. 

On January 24, Border Patrol agents stopped a vehicle on State Route 37 near Massena.  During the vehicle stop, agents confirmed that two of the passengers were citizens of India who entered the United States illegally and not at a designated port of entry.  Both passengers were transported to the Border Patrol Station for processing and one was charged with Improper Entry by Alien in violation of 8 USC 1325 and the other 8 USC 1326 Re-entry of Removed Aliens.  

The driver, a citizen of India who originally entered illegally into the United States in 2012 and was ordered removed from the United States in absentia on December 17, 2019, was 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. 

 “The quick response by Massena Border Patrol Agents resulted in the apprehension of several  individuals who entered the United States illegally” said Massena Station Deputy Patrol Agent in Charge Glen Pickering. “These apprehensions are another great example of the hard work Border Patrol Agents do every day to make our communities safer and secure our nation’s border.”

 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. Individuals referred for criminal prosecution are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.

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: 
January 29, 2020