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Library Border Bandits: Vehicle illegally enters the U.S. through library lawn

Derby Line, Vermont — Border Patrol agents apprehended seven people who illegally entered the U.S. by driving over the lawn of a Quebec library situated in both Canada and the U.S.

On July 4, agents were notified that a vehicle had illegally entered the U.S. in Derby Line. The vehicle drove over the lawn of the Haskell Free Library at a high rate of speed and nearly collided with a vehicle in the United States. 

Agents responded to the area, located the vehicle travelling southbound on Interstate – 91 and conducted a vehicle stop. 

Seven occupants were discovered by agents and they determined that all the occupants did not have legal status to be in or remain in the United States and were subsequently expelled back to Canada.

The expulsion was in accordance with the current Title 42 Section 265, in the interest of public health to prevent further introduction of COVID-19 into the United States.

“Swanton Sector leverages technology and is aided by our community to sense incursions at our borders which only take seconds,” said Chief Patrol Agent Robert Garcia. “Due to a combination of surveillance technology, intelligence, and manpower, vigilant agents successfully intercepted the vehicle to prevent its furtherance into the United States.”   

The nearly 300 miles of border within Swanton Sector is the U.S. Border Patrol’s busiest northern border sector for illegal cross-border activity.

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