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U.S. Border Patrol agents stop smuggling of Uzbek nationals near Canadian Border

January 6, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
U.S. Border Patrol agents stop smuggling of Uzbek nationals near Canadian Border

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Border Patrol agents intercepted the attempted smuggling of two Uzbek immigrants who illegally crossed into the U.S. from Canada into New York. The effort resulted in the arrest of a U.S. citizen who authorities believe was transporting the undocumented migrants.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection press release, just after midnight on December 30th, Border Patrol agents confronted 46-year-old Habib Muhammed, a U.S. citizen, as he crossed at the Mooers Port of Entry in New York. During an inspection, officers discovered two passports issued by Uzbekistan and an application for a Canadian driver’s license application.

At roughly the same time, Border Patrol agents received a call from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who said they saw two people illegally cross the border in the same area. Agents apprehended Davlat Ahmedov, 29, and Bahodir Rustamov, 38, both natives of Uzbekistan, in the woods south of the Canadian border.

Agents realized that the identity of the two men matched the passports recovered by CBP officers in Muhammed’s car at the Port of Entry.

In November, Breitbart reported that Uzbekistan is “one of two top countries that have produced most of the jihadists fighting and killing U.S. troops and their allies in Afghanistan on behalf of the Islamic State.”

The spotlight on terrorists from Uzbekistan appeared after the truck attack in New York that resulted in the deaths of eight people. Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov rented a Home Depot truck and drove through a bike lane in Manhattan. After hitting several people, Saipov jumped out, yelling “Allahu akbar” and displayed a paintball and pellet guns. Officers shot the Uzbek national and took him into custody.

CBP officers arrested Muhammed. He will be prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York for Criminal Alien Smuggling. Ahmedov and Rustamov will also be prosecuted for illegally crossing into the U.S.

“Individuals engaging in smuggling will be processed under U.S. federal statutes,” Assistant Area Port Director Charles J. Guyette said in a statement. “CBP deploys a multi-layered approach to secure the Border, and CBP Field Operations’ cooperation with the U.S. Border Patrol and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police was essential in the arrest of a human smuggler and the apprehension of two illegals further securing our mutual border.”

In 2016, Border Patrol agents from the Swanton Station intercepted the smuggling of a Russian and a Georgian crossing from Canada into the U.S. Agents also detained a Mexican woman being smuggled into the U.S. at the Mooers Port of Entry.

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