GRAND FORKS, N.D.—On Saturday, April 6, near Sherwood, North Dakota, the CBP's United States Border Patrol, with assistance from the CBP Office of Field Operations, Sherwood Police Department, Renville County Sheriff's Office, Bottineau County Sheriff's Office, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, arrested eight individuals illegally present in the United States. A follow up investigation on the group of eight resulted in the apprehension of three additional individuals illegally present in the United States in Minot, N.D.
The smuggling attempt was caught at 1:30am CST, when a Border Patrol agent from the Portal, N.D. station was alerted to the presence of and made contact with a group of eight individuals walking south of the Sherwood, N.D. port of entry. A brief interview revealed that all eight individuals had just illegally crossed the border into the United States. The subjects were taken into custody as a result of being unlawfully present in the United States.
Following the arrest, Border Patrol agents from the Portal, N.D. station took three other individuals into custody who were at a residence in Minot, N.D. after having crossed the border illegally near the Sherwood, N.D. port of entry earlier on April 6.
"This is a great example how the Border Patrol Strategic Plan is taking shape here on the northern border" said Austin L. Skero II, chief patrol agent, Grand Forks sector. "This arrest is a testament to how we receive and analyze information, integrate efforts with state, local and tribal partners and then rapidly respond to known threats. The assistance of our border communities is critical to our success."
The United States Attorney has accepted the case for prosecution.
To report suspicious activity to the U.S. Border Patrol, contact Grand Forks sector at (800) 982-4077.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.