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Man from Cameroon Apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol Agents in Vermont

Release Date: 
May 13, 2019

Derby Line, Vt. – On May 12, U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Newport Station apprehended a man shortly after his illegal entry into the United States from Canada.

On Sunday, the Tactical Communications Center (TCC) at the Swanton Sector Headquarters informed Newport Border Patrol Station agents of a possible illegal entry on Baxter Avenue in Derby Line.  Agents responded to the area and found a man that identified himself as a citizen and national of Cameroon.  The man said that he is staying at a hotel in Stanstead, Quebec and claimed to be out for a jog but didn’t realize he crossed into the United States.  The area where the man was apprehended is clearly marked in both English and French that it is illegal to enter the United States at that location.  The man stated that he could read and write English fluently and also stated he was fluent in French.  He acknowledged that he does not have immigration documentation allowing him to enter or remain in the United States legally.  The man was taken into custody and transported to the Newport Station where record checks indicated he had previously been removed from the United States in 2013. 

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

“During our mission of safeguarding America’s borders, U.S. Border Patrol Agents encounter and apprehend people from all parts of the world,” said Swanton Sector Division Chief Bradley Curtis.  “So far this fiscal year, Swanton Sector agents have apprehended people from more than 35 different countries.”  

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: 
May 14, 2019