SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. (WXYZ) — U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested 10 people in the Upper Peninsula after a traffic stop, U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced on Thursday.
According to USCBP, agents assigned to the Sault Ste. Marie station performed a traffic stop on Monday, stopping a white Chevrolet van with multiple people inside.
After questioning, the driver and nine passengers admitted to being in the U.S. illegally and not having any documents. All were taken into custody and transported ot the Border Patrol station in Sault Ste. Marie.
During processing, agents found that four of the people had previously been removed from the U.S. One of the men, Jose Bernal-Medeles, from Mexico, had been removed from the U.S. in 2001, 2007 and 2015, and had also been convicted of narcotics charges in Minnesota and Wisconsin.
USCPB said Bernal and the other three people who had been previously removed were turned over to ICE and are being held pending Reinstatement of Priro Order of Removal. The rest are being held pending removal proceedings.