DERBY LINE, Vt. – A man and a woman from Mexico who illegally entered Vermont from Canada were held, a few kilometres from the border, while asking people for help to call, federal investigators say.
Border Patrol agents were called Saturday morning after the local shopkeepers, the young couple was looking for help on about 6 miles (10 km) away from the border in the city of Newport, a declaration filed in federal court in Vermont.
The couple later told agents that they had entered into the U.S. illegally from Canada the day before. The area in Derby Line is a common location for illegal border crossings.
A separate document filed with the court Friday said their agents were called earlier in the day at a place near the elementary school in Derby Line after it received a report of someone entering the United States illegally from the Canadian community of Stanstead, Quebec.
A man, later identified as a U.S. citizen originally from Ecuador, it was noted by agents driving a car with several people in. The car was later stopped and only the driver is found in the vehicle.
A short time later, a third Mexican citizen was found, hidden in the bushes.
All three told the agents that they had entered the country illegally.
The man in the bushes, told the officers that he had made arrangements in Toronto to be smuggled into the United States and he agreed to pay $4,000 upon arrival in New York.
The U.S. citizen driver told the agents that he was to be paid $1,000 to drive the three people in New jersey