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Border agent catches illegal immigrant on Wellesley Island early Thursday


A citizen of Georgia, a country north of Armenia, was arrested by a U.S. border agent for alleged illegal entry early Thursday near the shoreline of Wellesley Island, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The arresting agent was on routine patrol with his canine partner when he encountered a man who was trying to conceal himself in the woods along a known smuggling route at 2 a.m. Thursday, customs officials said.

Officials declined to release the suspect’s name but said the 28-year-old man immediately admitted to entering the U.S. from Canada by airboat.

He was taken to the Wellesley Island Border Patrol station for processing Thursday morning. The U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of New York, prosecuted him for illegal entry and gained a conviction Friday, officials said.

He is due to appear before an immigration judge who would determine his eligibility to remain in the U.S.

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