Two Indians arrested for entering US illegallyPTI | Newyork | Updated: 24-03-2020 09:46 IST | Created: 24-03-2020 09:19 IST
Two Indian nationals have been arrested and charged by the US border authorities for entering the country illegally and apprehended them during a failed smuggling attempt in upstate New York, officials said. The US Border Patrol Agents from the Burke and Massena Border Patrol Stations arrested four individuals in connection with the failed smuggling attempt last week.
The agents attempted to stop a vehicle that was suspected of being involved with an alien smuggling event. As the vehicle appeared to be stopping, three occupants exited the vehicle and then the driver sped up in an attempt to flee. As the driver continued to flee, she crashed her vehicle into several Border Patrol vehicles and was ultimately apprehended by agents. Agents apprehended the three occupants, two of whom were determined to be citizens of India and the third was a citizen of Italy. "All three were found to be illegally present in the United States," the US Customs and Border Protection said in a statement.
The three occupants in the vehicle were found to have illegally entered the United States from Canada through the St. Regis Mohawk Indian Reservation and were charged with Improper Entry by an Alien, a misdemeanor. The driver was charged with Alien Smuggling, a felony that carries a penalty of a fine and up to 5 years in prison.