GRAND ISLAND, N.Y.—Buffalo Sector Border Patrol remains vigilant as they prevent recent illegal entry attempts. In less than 24 hours, two citizens of Guatemala and a citizen of Kosovo were arrested by Border Patrol agents after illegally entering the United States from Canada.
On Monday, March 11, at approximately 4:00 a.m., an agent was conducting patrol on the railroad portion of the Whirlpool Rapids Bridge in Niagara Falls, N.Y., when he spotted a male subject wearing dark clothing, attempting to conceal himself as he crossed illegally into the United States. A subsequent search of the subject discovered the individual to be in possession of a small amount of marijuana. Record checks revealed the subject to have numerous criminal convictions and an active warrant in Canada.
At approximately 10:00 p.m. agents from the Buffalo station apprehended two citizens of Guatemala after walking across the International Railroad Bridge in Buffalo, N.Y. Both subjects had previously lived illegally in the United States and said they planned to travel to Atlanta, Ga.
Agents were able to rapidly respond to both bridges and successfully arrest the subjects before they could abscond. Once in Buffalo or Niagara Falls individuals can blend in with the general public and obtain transportation to further their illegal entry away from the border.
Criminal prosecution was approved for all three subjects by the United States Attorney's Office, Western District of New York for Entering the United States Without Inspection.
The charges and allegations contained in criminal complaints are merely accusations, and defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (800) 331-0353 toll free.