Woodstock, New Hampshire - U.S. Border Patrol agents assigned to the Swanton Sector conducted an immigration checkpoint from June 15 – June 17, resulting in the arrest of five illegal aliens from five different countries and the seizure of various narcotics and drug paraphernalia.  The sector established the immigration checkpoint on Interstate 93 near Woodstock, New Hampshire.

“Checkpoint operations are a critical enforcement tool for the enforcement of our immigration laws and enhance our border security operations,” said Swanton Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Robert Garcia.  “In addition to technology, manpower and intelligence, checkpoints help to deny access to major routes of egress away from the border and into our communities in the interior of the U.S.”

Swanton Sector Border Patrol agents staffed a temporary checkpoint on I-93 in New Hampshire June 15-17, 2018.
Swanton Sector Border Patrol agents staffed
a temporary checkpoint on I-93 in New
Hampshire June 15-17, 2018.

During the three-day operation, which ran from Friday, June 15 until Sunday, June 17, Swanton Sector agents encountered and arrested five people who did not have legal immigration status.   Agents arrested illegal aliens from Brazil, China, Ecuador, El Salvador and Mexico and all subjects were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement Removal Operations.

In addition to the immigration violations, agents seized drugs including marijuana, marijuana edibles and THC vape oil.

The Swanton Sector is responsible for securing the land border between ports of entry in New Hampshire, Vermont and northeastern New York. The assistance of citizens is invaluable to the U.S. Border Patrol’s security mission and they welcome community members to help them keep our nation’s borders safe and report suspicious activity at 1-800-689-3362.