LEBANON, N.H. – U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Swanton Sector arrested a total of 25 people during an immigration checkpoint and related operations in the Lebanon, New Hampshire area from September 3 – September 6, including arresting 24 illegal aliens and one United States citizen wanted on an outstanding warrant of arrest (WOA). The sector established the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 89 in Lebanon, New Hampshire.
During the operation, Swanton Sector agents encountered and arrested 24 people who did not have legal immigration status. Four illegal aliens were arrested at the checkpoint itself while 20 were apprehended in the areas around the checkpoint.
Agents arrested illegal aliens from Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Russia. The individuals were taken into custody and turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) for removal proceedings. Seven of the 24 illegal aliens were arrested for Re-entry after Removal, a felony under 8 USC 1326.
Border Patrol Agents also issued eight Central Violations Bureau tickets for 8 USC 1304e, Alien Not in Possession of Immigration Documents. Furthermore, the United States citizen was arrested on an outstanding WOA and turned over to the Grafton County Sherriff’s Office.
“Checkpoint operations are a critical enforcement tool for the enforcement of our immigration laws and are a part of our defense in depth strategy,” said Swanton Sector Deputy Chief Patrol Agent William Maddocks, “In addition to technology, manpower and intelligence, checkpoints help to deny access to major routes of egress away from the border and into our communities in the interior of the U.S.”
In addition to the immigration violations and WOA, 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 the U.S. Border Patrol’s 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.
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.
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