Swanton Border Patrol Disrupts 2 Alien Smuggling Attempts at NY Checkpoint
SWANTON, Vt. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Swanton Sector disrupted two separate alien smuggling attempts during an immigration checkpoint operation near North Hudson, NY over the weekend. Agents arrested one individual on charges of alien smuggling, and four for entry without inspection as part of the failed attempts.
Swanton Sector conducted three separate tactical immigration checkpoints June 21-25 including two near North Hudson and one near Tupper Lake in New York. In total, the three checkpoints resulted in the arrest of 10 additional individuals who did not possess valid immigration status. The arrested individuals were from Mexico, Romania, Nepal, Bulgaria and were turned over to ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations.
“The disruption of these two smuggling attempts highlights the specific reason we operate checkpoints,” said Swanton Sector Acting Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Bradley Curtis. “Checkpoint operations are a proven enforcement tool to deny criminal organizations the ability to smuggle people, narcotics or other contraband further away from the border and these arrests exemplify that.”
Investigation into the smuggling incidents revealed that the smuggled aliens had recently illegally entered the United States near Massena, NY and Alburg, VT. The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Northern New York is prosecuting the individuals involved in these events.
In addition to the immigration violations, agents also made several seizures of marijuana.
The Swanton Sector is responsible for securing the land border between ports of entry in Vermont, New Hampshire and northeastern New York. The assistance of citizens is invaluable to their border security mission and they welcome community members to help them keep our nation’s borders safe and report suspicious activity at 1-800-689-3362.
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