Border patrol agents arrested more than two dozen people during a three-day checkpoint in Lebanon, New Hampshire, this week.
The US Customs & Border Patrol said agents from the Swanton, Vermont, sector arrested 24 people, all in the country illegally, from Sept. 3-6. The agency said four of the undocumented immigrants were arrested at the checkpoint on Interstate 89; the other 20 were apprehended in areas around the operation.
Seven people were arrested for re-entry after removal, a felony.
The individuals arrested were from Brazil, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Russia. They were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for removal.
“Checkpoint operations are a critical enforcement tool for the enforcement of our immigration laws and are a part of our defense in depth strategy,” said Swanton Sector Deputy Chief Patrol Agent William Maddocks. “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.”
CPB said it also seized marijuana during the three-day operation.