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Cross Border Coordination Leads to Apprehension of Three Illegal Aliens

Release Date: 
March 14, 2019

Highgate Springs, Vt. – On March 13, Border Patrol agents assigned to the Swanton Station apprehended two citizens of Mexico and a citizen of Guatemala as they attempted to illegally enter the United States.

At approximately 9:30 PM, the Tactical Communications Center (TCC) at the Swanton Sector Headquarters received a report from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) of suspicious activity.  The RCMP reported that a concerned citizen in Canada observed a vehicle drop off two or three subjects close to the International Boundary between the United States and Canada, north of Rheaume Road in Highgate, Vermont.  Swanton Station agents responded immediately and encountered the three individuals.

“The excellent working relationship we have with our Canadian law enforcement partners at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) helped us apprehend these three individuals attempting to enter the country illegally,” said Patrol Agent in Charge Matt Sherman.  “By sharing information with each other, we support both our missions of securing our respective borders.”

All three stated that they do not possess any immigration documentation allowing them to enter or remain in the United States legally.  They were taken into custody and transported to the Swanton Border Patrol Station for additional record checks and post arrest processing. 

The apprehended individuals were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) for removal proceedings. 

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: 
March 15, 2019