Border Agents Arrest 9 People At New Hampshire Checkpoint

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WOODSTOCK, N.H. (AP) —Border Patrol agents guarding New Hampshire highways over the weekend, conducting a checkpoint on Interstate 93 near the Woodstock-Thornton town line.

Border Agents Arrest 9 People At New Hampshire Checkpoint

A U.S. Border Patrol agent checks a car on the I-93 southbound lane on Wednesday, September 28, 2017 south of the Route 175 exit south of Lincoln.

There were several people from different countries who were charged with immigration violations at the Woodstock checkpoint staffed by U.S. Border Patrol agents, the Department of Homeland Security said.

Some had overstayed their visas. They were turned over to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“Checkpoint operations are a critical enforcement tool for the enforcement of our immigration laws and are a part of our defense in depth strategy,” said Robert Garcia, acting chief patrol agent for the Swanton Sector.

The Woodstock location is about 90 miles from the Canadian border.

The Department of Homeland Security said agents will question occupants in vehicles about their citizenship and birthplace and request proof of immigration status.

Agents also seized drugs and drug paraphernalia, including a small amount of marijuana.

During Border Patrol stops that were made last year, dozens of people were charged with allegedly possessing small amounts of drugs for personal use.

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