Illegal Alien Arrested on Jet Ski In Lake Erie

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PORT CLINTON, Ohio— Marine Interdiction Agents with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Air and Marine Operations (AMO) along with U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested an illegal alien fishing from a jet ski in Lake Erie.

On Tuesday, AMO agents and Border Patrol agents spotted a jet ski approximately one mile north of West Harbor. The watercraft, which appeared to be anchored with two subjects fishing, had no state registration number visible. AMO Marine Interdiction agents along with a Border Patrol agent made contact with the jet ski and questioned the two subjects, who admitted they were Mexican nationals and not in possession of any immigration documents.

The two subjects were transported by the AMO SAFE Boat crew back to land and handed off to U.S. Border Patrol agents who transported them to the United States Border Patrol Sandusky Bay Station for further identification.

“During the summer months Lake Erie is one of the busiest boating communities in the nation,” said Brian Manaher, Deputy Director Marine Operations, Great Lakes Air and Marine Branch. “This case is a testament to our highly skilled law enforcement ability to differentiate between legitimate boat traffic and nefarious traffic.”

At the Border Patrol station one subject was identified as a valid DACA recipient and was transported back to his jet ski and released. The other subject was identified as a Mexican national with a current warrant of deportation which was issued on October 2, 2012. The subject and his property were turned over to the custody of ICE/ERO where he will be held pending his removal.

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