CHAMPLAIN, N.Y. – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at the Champlain Port of Entry took four men into custody over the past weekend in two separate cases.
“These arrests demonstrate our officers' unwavering dedication to protecting our nation’s borders,” said Area Port Director Paul Mongillo. “Due to their high state of training, CBP officers excel in identifying suspicious travelers who merit a closer look when crossing the border.”
On Saturday, CBP officers arrested Ramzi Kadir, a 22-year old male, Mouad Benameur, a 21-year old male, and Abdelhakim Zaier, a 22-year old male, all citizens of Canada, after 13 fraudulent gift cards containing personal identity information were discovered in their possession. The men and cards were turned over to New York State Police.
On Sunday, CBP officers encountered Luis Santos Alonzo, a 49-year old male citizen of the Dominican Republic and Lawful Permanent Resident of the U.S. Alonzo presented a driver’s license and birth certificate bearing a different name when attempting re-entry into the United States. CBP officers used observational and interview techniques to discover Alonzo’s true identity. Alonzo was arrested for false claim to U.S. citizenship.
Alonzo appeared before a federal magistrate on June 20, and was charged with false claim to U.S. citizenship and remanded to custody pending a detention hearing.
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.