Border Patrol agents bust human trafficking operation near Caribou, Minnesota

Image provided by U.S. Customs and Broder Patrol
Image provided by U.S. Customs and Broder Patrol

(Fargo, ND) -- U.S. Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Grand Forks Sector, along with the Kittson County Sheriff’s Office, stopped a human smuggling attempt near Caribou, Minnesota.

The bust happened Thursday, May 11th.

The smuggling attempt was foiled after the sheriff’s office notified the Border Patrol Agents assigned to the Pembina and Warroad Stations that they witnessed multiple people walking south from the international border with Canada.

Officers also noticed two cars in the area and stopped the vehicles.

Border Patrol Agents arrived shortly afterward and discovered 20 people that had just crossed the border illegally. 

“This was a great example of our agents and our local law enforcement partners working together,” said Chief Patrol Agent Scott D. Garrett. “The communication and collaboration between our agencies was the reason we were able to catch the migrants. As a reminder, it is unlawful to enter the United States anywhere other than a designated Port of Entry.”

All the migrants were brought to the Pembina Border Patrol Station for processing and were placed into removal proceedings.

Custody was transferred to Immigration and Customs Enforcement/Enforcement and Removal Operations.

The group was comprised of 16 adult males, five adult females and one child with ages ranging from 3 to 43.

All 20 of the migrants were determined to be citizens of Mexico and the two drivers were citizens of Guatemala.