20 aliens charged in area
Tim Leeds Havre Daily News tleeds@havredailynews.com

Published: Friday, April 2nd, 2010

U.S. Border Patrol agents charged 20 illegal aliens in three arrests in northern Montana in the last two weeks, including a couple accused of stealing more than $80,000 worth of camera equipment and transporting it on Amtrak’s Empire Builder. The aliens detained in Havre March 15 were two Polish citizens, found during an immigration check of Amtrak passengers in Havre. Camera equipment found in their possession was discovered to be reported stolen in Seattle. The equipment and the two suspects were taken to the Hill County Detention Center pending ext radi t ion to Washington. Two Iraqi citizens were arrested Monday after they illegally drove around the Sweetgrass Port of Entry north of Shelby to enter Montana. An investigation revealed no connection to terrorism organizations, and the couple, a husband and wife, are under pending proceedings to remove them from the United States. Another investigation at Froid, north of Culbertson near the North Dakota border, resulted in the arrest of 16 illegal aliens. The arrests began when a Montana Highway Patrol officer stopped a vehicle for speeding Monday. The officer called for assistance from the Border Patrol because none of the five people in the vehicle spoke English. The Border Patrol agents determined that the subjects were illegally in the United States and took them into custody. The agents drove the five Subjects to their residence to gather their belongings and encountered 11 additional subjects who were also illegal aliens. The aliens, who were taken to the Plentywood Border Patrol station for processing, were nine Hondurans, two El Salvadorans and five Mexicans. Havre Sector Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Christopher Richards said in a press release that the arrests are part of the agency’s mission to prevent terrorism, enforce immigration laws and prevent illegal crossborder traffic.

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