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Burke, NY Border Patrol Agents Arrest 2 in Failed Human Smuggling Attempt

Release Date: 
January 31, 2017

Malone, N.Y. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Burke Station arrested two subjects after a failed human smuggling attempt near Malone, N.Y. late last week.

On Friday evening, a Border Patrol agent from the Burke Station identified a suspicious vehicle during normal patrol duties.  The agent stopped the vehicle and during questioning of the two occupants, determined that the driver had allegedly picked up the passenger, a Turkish citizen, who recently crossed the border into the United States illegally on foot. 

U.S. Border Patrol agents survey the international border in Vermont.
U.S. Border Patrol agents survey the
international border in Vermont.

Agents arrested the driver, Mahmut Sonmez, 28, of Patterson, N.J., on human smuggling charges. The passenger, a 26-year-old Turkish citizen who had previously applied for a U.S. visa for entry but was denied, was also taken into custody.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York is prosecuting Sonmez for Alien Smuggling 8 USC 1324, and the Turkish citizen is being prosecuted for Entry without Inspection 8 USC 1325. 

“The diligence and quick assessment of the situation by Border Patrol agents successfully thwarted this smuggling event,” said Acting Patrol Agent in Charge Richard Parker.

The Swanton Sector is responsible for securing the land border between ports of entry in Vermont, New Hampshire and northeastern New York. The assistance of citizens is invaluable to their border security mission and they welcome community members to help them keep our nation’s borders safe and report suspicious activity at 1-800-689-3362.

For more on U.S. 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 3, 2021