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U.S. Border Patrol Prevents Illegal Entry

Release Date: 
January 18, 2013

Niagara Falls, N.Y. - Early this morning, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a Canadian citizen in Youngstown, N.Y. after he illegally entered the United States by canoe.

The Canadian man began his illegal crossing after he stole a canoe from a residence in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario, Canada. Under the cover of darkness, he crossed the river using a shovel for a paddle. Once he reached shore, he abandoned the canoe at a boat ramp in Fort Niagara State Park, located in Youngstown, N.Y.

Agents on patrol in the area discovered the man walking out of Fort Niagara State Park and proceeded to determine he was illegally in the United States.

The man, a resident of British Columbia, was planning to travel to New York City.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection welcomes assistance from the community. Citizens can report suspicious activity to the Border Patrol and remain anonymous by calling (800) 331-0353 toll free.

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Last modified: 
February 9, 2017