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Published On: Sun, Mar 10th, 2019

Border patrol disrupts human trafficking event in New York as six victims from India rescued

U.S. Border Patrol agents disrupted an alien smuggling event in Hogansburg, NY.

On Thursday afternoon, U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to Massena Border Patrol Station observed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Hogansburg, NY. Border Patrol agents further observed suspicious behavior by the occupants and conducted a vehicle stop near Fort Covington, NY.  Six citizens of India were inside the vehicle including two who were identified as smuggled aliens. 

“This incident is an example of the hard work of the Border Patrol agents to enforce the laws of the United States,” said Deputy Patrol Agent in Charge Glen Pickering. “Their vigilance prevented two illegal aliens from furthering their entry into the United States.”

The two smuggled aliens were charged with improper entry by alien (8 USC 1325) and an investigation continues.

All suspects are presumed innocent unless or until proven guilty in court.

The Swanton Sector is responsible for securing the land border between ports of entry in Vermont, New Hampshire and northeastern New York. The coordination with assistance of citizens is invaluable to the Border Patrol’s border security mission and we welcome community members’ help to keep our nation’s borders safe. Please 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.

photo/ Gerd Altmann via pixabay

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