A bundle of women’s clothing and some suspicious immigration documents helped U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) arrest a 20-year-old Canadian man for allegedly attempting to smuggle a Mexican woman across the U.S.’s northern border with Canada.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York has charged Lukasz Kabata with human smuggling after he was caught with a suitcase full of women’s clothing and U.S. immigration documents that were issued in another person’s name. The U.S. Attorney’s Office also charged 18-year-old Johan Lizeth Lopez-Suceda with attempting to unlawfully enter the U.S. without inspection.
Kabata initially tried to enter the U.S. through the Mooers Port of Entry in upstate New York, but was referred to a secondary examination. While searching his vehicle, CBP officers found female clothing and U.S. immigration documents issued in another person’s name.
After notifying Border Patrol, agents received a tip from a local resident and subsequently encountered Lopez-Suceda less than a mile from the small border crossing in New York.
“CBP officers are trained to detect the signs of human smuggling,” acting Port Director Don Yando, from the Area Port of Champlain said in a press release. “The arrest and apprehension is an excellent example of the vigilance of our officers, and outstanding teamwork with Border Patrol to secure our border.”
On average CBP arrests 23 wanted persons a day at ports of entry with the U.S.