HIGHGATE, Vt. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Swanton Station apprehended four individuals in two separate incidents over the weekend. Two of the individuals were apprehended with the assistance of a Border Patrol canine team.
The first pair of apprehensions was during the evening of Friday, March 9. Border Patrol agents from the Swanton Station responded to reports of suspicious activity along the international border near Highgate, VT. Agents searched the area and located two Romanian men, who admitted that they were not citizens of the United States and that they did not possess any immigration documentation allowing them to enter or remain in the United States.
The following evening agents from the Swanton Station were made aware of two individuals that had crossed the international border, west of the Highgate Port of Entry. A Border Patrol Canine Team responded to the wooded area and started to search for the two individuals. A short time later the canine led his partner to two Haitian men who were hiding in the brush. Both men admitted that they were not citizens of the United States and that they did not possess any immigration documentation allowing them to enter or remain in the United States.
“The Border Patrol canine team is an invaluable asset that aids in the detection and apprehension of persons attempting to enter the country illegally,” said Swanton Station Patrol Agent in Charge Matthew Sherman. “They were able to quickly locate the subjects and minimize the time and effort afforded to their apprehension.”
All subjects were arrested and transported to the Swanton Border Patrol Station for records checks and processing. During processing, agents learned that the two men from Romania had recently legally entered Canada.
After processing, agents turned over the illegal aliens over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) for removal proceedings.
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.
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.