NIAGARA FALLS, NY — U.S. Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Niagara Falls Border Patrol Station arrested three previously deported aliens on March 28, 2016.
Niagara County Deputies encountered Fredy Yobani Sam-Az, 29, Alfonzo Colop-Sam, 31, and Gabriel Humberto Colop-Sam, 33, during a vehicle stop, for traffic violations. The Sheriff’s office had requested Border Patrol assistance with identification of the individuals.
Border Patrol agents interviewed all three individuals who were citizens of Guatemala. All three individuals were determined by Border Patrol to be illegally present in the U.S., and were placed under arrest and transported to the Niagara Falls Border Patrol Station for further investigation.
Only one occupant of the vehicle was in possession of a Guatemalan passport. Alfonzo Colop-Sam had a previous DWI in Whitfield County, Georgia. He also claimed he entered the United States illegally, in October of 2007 somewhere in Texas. Due to his criminal record, Colop-Sam is being detained without bond pending an appearance before a Federal Magistrate. Gabriel Colop-Sam was apprehended on March 19, 2006, by Border Patrol in Falfurrias, Texas, and was removed from the United States on April 5, 2006. Sam-Az was apprehended on September 8, 2010 by Border Patrol in Hebbronville, Texas and was removed from the United States on October 8, 2010. Due to both individuals having been previously deported, they are being detained without bond pending an appearance before a Federal Magistrate.
“The U.S. Border Patrol assists law enforcement partners every day in securing our border. The arrest of these three individuals highlights the cooperation between law enforcement agencies. I commend our agents for their hard work and commitment to service,” said Josh Barrett Niagara Falls Border Patrol Agent in Charge.
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.