SWANTON, VT.—Swanton Sector Border Patrol agents stopped the smuggling attempt of an aggravated felon Wednesday.
At approximately 1:30 a.m., agents from the Champlain Border Patrol station encountered a suspicious black SUV with four occupants traveling east on State Route 276 near Rouses Point, N.Y. When agents stopped the vehicle they discovered a male driver and three male passengers all claiming to be nationals of El Salvador.
Further research revealed that the driver and one of the passengers are nationals of El Salvador residing in the United States as Lawful Permanent Residents (LPR). The second passenger is also a national of El Salvador illegally present in the U.S. The fourth passenger turned out to be a national from the Dominican Republic and an aggravated felon previously removed from the United States.
The three El Salvador nationals were charged with Alien Smuggling while the national from the Dominican Republic was charged with Re-Entry after Deportation.
"This is another example of our agents' vigilance in performing their day to day operational duties while keeping our border community safe," said Swanton Sector Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agent John Pfeifer.
All four subjects are currently in Federal Court proceedings. A conviction for Alien Smuggling can result in up to 10 years in prison and up to a $250,000 fine.
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