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Swanton Border Patrol Awards St. Lawrence County, NY Sheriff’s Office more than $83k in Asset Share

Release Date: 
April 23, 2021

OGDENSBURG, N.Y. – On April 22, 2021, the U.S. Border Patrol Swanton Sector presented the St. Lawrence County, N.Y. Sheriff’s Office a disbursement check for $83,552.81.

U.S. Border Patrol Swanton Sector presented the St. Lawrence County, N.Y. Sheriff’s Office a disbursement check for $88,532.81 on April 22, 2021, from an asset forfeiture following a bulk currency seizure on May 27, 2020.
St. Lawrence County, NY Sheriff Brooks Bigwarfe,
and Patrol Agent in Charge Timothy Morgan.

On May 27, 2020, Border Patrol Agents from the Ogdensburg Station encountered a vehicle in Canton, N.Y. following the observation of suspicious activity consistent with illicit cross-border smuggling. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of marijuana, ketamine and $126,576 in United States currency. Based on the investigation, and with the assistance from the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, the narcotics were seized by the U.S. Border Patrol and the currency was subsequently forfeited.

The U.S. Border Patrol initiated an asset sharing case with the U.S. Treasury Forfeiture Fund and on March 25, Swanton Sector was notified that most of the currency, $83,552.81, was approved to be awarded to the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office.

In a ceremony on April 22, Patrol Agent in Charge Timothy Morgan of the Ogdensburg, N.Y. Border Patrol Station presented Sheriff Brooks Bigwarfe a check.

“Border Patrol agents in Ogdensburg depend on the continued collaboration effort with our partners from the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department,” said Morgan. “This partnership exemplifies cooperation among federal and local law enforcement agencies essential to providing safety to the public and the communities we live in.”

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: 
April 26, 2021