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U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers put the brakes on human smuggling attempt

Posted at 2:58 PM, Aug 08, 2019

LEWISTON, N.Y. (WKBW) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stopped what they believe was a human smuggling attempt at the Lewiston-Queenston Bridge on August 5th.

Officers spotted Jose Alfredo Herrera-Galvez, a 42-year-old citizen of Chile, climbing out of the passenger side of a tractor trailer cab after an initial inspection. Galvez did not have a vald visa.

According to police, the driver, Jason Garcia, a 41-year-old male citizen of Canada, was being paid to take Galvez across the border.

"Individuals that engage in human smuggling will be processed under U.S. federal statutes," said Acting Area Port Director Buffalo Sharon Swiatek. "Good awareness and communication between our dedicated officers was essential in the successful arrest of a human smuggler and the apprehension of an illegal alien in further securing our border."

Officers arrested both men.