U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two men on the State Route 90 checkpoint Thursday night on suspicion of smuggling two Mexican men into the U.S. inside a auto trunk. Other illegal immigrants were from Colombia, Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico.
Drugs, including two pounds of marijuana, small amounts of cocaine, psilocybin mushrooms and hash oil were seized during the checks, authorities said. The subjects and contraband were turned over to Woodstock Police Department for further investigation and prosecution.
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Agents said one USA citizen fled from the checkpoint at a high rate of speed for more than five miles. Woodstock Police were able to stop the driver who was arrested and charged with reckless driving, possessing a controlled substance and endangering the welfare of a minor.
The statement did not identify the driver. U.S. District Judge Marilyn Huff handed down a sentence of eight years and three months in prison, the U.S. attorney’s office said.
The Swanton Sector is responsible for securing the land border between ports of entry in Vermont, New Hampshire and northeastern NY.
A checkpoint on the other side of the country in California was also busy over the weekend. In the trunk, agents found two adult males from Mexico hiding in the trunk, according to a news release from the Customs and Border Protection.