NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Niagara Falls Station arrested a 37-year-old United States citizen for entering the United States illegally.
On June 20, an adult male attempted to enter the Unites States without inspection in the vicinity of Niagara Falls. Agents apprehended the subject as he entered between the ports of entry. During processing, it was discovered that the subject was a United States citizen. Additionally, it was also revealed that he had previously served a term of imprisonment in Virginia for felony convictions that included the commission of an armed robbery with the use of firearm.
"The Border Patrol patrols our borders between the ports of entry regardless of the time or weather” said Niagara Falls Station Patrol Agent in Charge Brady J. Waikel. “Any person, to include U.S. citizens, who attempt to circumvent the ports of entry in order to illegally enter the United States faces consequences ranging from financial fines to imprisonment.”
The man was issued a monetary citation for 19 USC 1459 for failing to enter the United States at a border crossing point designated by the Secretary of Homeland Security. This statute carries penalties of up to a $5,000 fine and/or imprisonment for not more than one year for the first violation. A fine of up to $10,000 may be levied for subsequent violations.
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