---- — SWANTON, Vt. — Swanton Sector Border Patrol agents stopped the smuggling attempt of an aggravated felon recently.
At about 1:30 a.m., agents from the Champlain Border Patrol station encountered a suspicious black SUV with four occupants traveling east on State Route 276 near Rouses Point. When agents stopped the vehicle they discovered a male driver and three male passengers all claiming to be citizens of El Salvador.
Further investigation revealed that the driver and one of the passengers are citizens of El Salvador residing in the United States as lawful permanent residents. The second passenger is also a citizen of El Salvador illegally in the United States. The third passenger turned out to be a citizen of the Dominican Republic and an aggravated felon previously removed from the United States.
— By Staff Writer Felicia Krieg and Contributing Writers Andrea VanValkenburg and Chris Fasolino.