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Newport VT Border Patrol Canine Assists in Locating Fugitive

Release Date: 
January 26, 2017

Lowell, Vt. – A U.S. Border Patrol canine team assisted in locating and apprehending a fugitive on Tuesday afternoon.  Vermont State Police (VSP) initiated the search operation and contacted Newport Border Patrol agents after a 27-year-old male ran from his residence to evade arrest.

Yesterday afternoon, VSP attempted to make contact with the subject at his residence in Lowell, Vt. When troopers arrived at his house, the subject fled, running into the woods. Shortly thereafter VSP contacted the U.S. Border Patrol requesting assistance.

The Border Patrol canine team was deployed and after a brief search of the area the fleeing fugitive was located and turned over to the Vermont State Police.

Border Patrol canine in Newport, Vt.
Border Patrol canine in Newport, Vt.

“Our canine teams are a great example of the unique assets the Border Patrol uses to ensure the safety and security of our communities and this assist highlights the successful collaborative efforts among our Northeast Kingdom law enforcement partners,” said the Newport Station Acting Patrol Agent in Charge, Stephen Henesy.

Canines are an integral asset for all of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and are one of the best tools available to detect people, contraband and prohibited items.  CBP uses a variety of canines each trained in a specific discipline to carry out its primary mission.  Additionally, CBP canine teams regularly assist local law enforcement when requested to supplement their resources. 

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: 
February 3, 2021