BURKE, N.Y. – Monday evening, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Burke Station arrested a female citizen of Mexico, age 60, during a failed smuggling attempt.
“This case is an excellent example of the important role collaboration between the components of U.S. Customs and Border Protection plays in border security,” said U.S. Border Patrol Swanton Sector Chief Patrol Agent John Pfeifer. “The Swanton Sector relies on its partners to secure the international border between ports of entry, and the regular sharing of information is a major part of the sector’s success.”
At approximately 4:50 p.m. on Monday, CBP officers assigned to the Massena Port of Entry requested that Border Patrol agents follow a vehicle driven by a 51-year-old United States citizen who claimed that he was entering the United States to drive to Las Vegas, Nevada. Agents from the Massena Station began to surveil the vehicle upon release from the port. For over an hour, the driver remained in the local area, changing direction frequently and making numerous stops in parking lots and gas stations, while slowly making his way eastward.
At approximately 7 p.m. Burke Station agents, who had taken over surveillance, observed the vehicle in a grocery store parking lot in Ellenburg, and in addition to the driver, observed a female occupant sitting in the front passenger seat. When agents interviewed the subjects, the driver showed a U.S. passport and claimed he was traveling from Plattsburgh and that the female passenger was his wife. During the interview, the female admitted that she was a citizen of Mexico and did not have any immigration documents that would allow her to enter or remain in the United States.
Record checks at the station confirmed the citizenship and immigration status of the pair. Agents processed the female for illegal entry under 8 USC 1325 and will be removed to Mexico. The United States citizen was released.
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.
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.