Sault Ste Marie, Mich. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers working at the International Bridge, Sault Sainte Marie, encountered a previously deported Mexican national and his family attempting to enter the U.S. using a fraudulent document on Friday, Oct. 22.
At approximately 12:57 a.m., CBP officers encountered a man and his wife, both citizens of Mexico, and their two U.S. citizen children as they entered the U.S. by car at the International Bridge in Sault Sainte Marie. When asked for proof of identity and citizenship the man presented a Mexican Matricula Consular Identification Card. The officer request a second form of ID and the driver was unable to provide it. The car and it's occupants was referred for a more thorough inspection.
As CBP officers inspected the vehicle, they discovered several suspect documents to include what appeared to be a fraudulent resident alien card and social security cards in both the husband and wife's names. At the same time they also discovered a small bag containing a white powder. Closer examination of the documents revealed them to be fakes and the powder tested positive as cocaine. It was also found that the husband had been previously deported from the U.S.
Both subjects were turned over to Special Agents from Homeland Security Investigations and lodged in the Chippewa County Jail pending prosecution. The Children were placed with a temporary foster family.
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.