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Border Patrol disrupt drug smuggling attempt following multi-agency pursuit

Release Date: 
February 11, 2020

MASSENA, N.Y. - U.S. Border Patrol agents, along with Franklin County Sheriff’s Department (FCSD), New York State Police (NYSP) and CBP Air and Marine Operations aircraft were involved in a more than 200 mile vehicle pursuit stretching from Massena to the Albany area on Monday.   

On February 10, Border Patrol agents observed two suspicious vehicles near State Road 37.   Agents stopped both vehicles separately after observing one illegally enter Canada and reenter the United States.  One of the vehicles –a blue Chevrolet Tahoe – fled shortly after being stopped. Agents pursued the vehicle and were joined by NYSP and FCSD.  The pursuit was terminated after more than an hour due to safety concerns.  A CBP helicopter joined the pursuit to locate the vehicle as it traveled south on I-87.  

NYSP troopers located the vehicle and arrested the suspects outside Albany, more than 200 miles from where the incident began. A search revealed 50 pounds of marijuana in the vehicle.

“This is a great example of various law enforcement partners working together”, said Chief Patrol Agent Robert Garcia. “Thanks to the hard work of our agents and our partners, our communities are safer.”  

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 11, 2020