PORT CLINTON, Ohio — Authorities made nine arrests this week on suspicion of violating U.S. immigration law in two unrelated incidents in northern Ohio.
On Monday afternoon, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested an El Salvadoran national on suspicion of smuggling aliens after a traffic stop by Ohio Highway Patrol near Stony Ridge, Wood County, Ohio. A Border Patrol agent from the department's Sandusky Bay station determined that the vehicle's driver and seven passengers were in the United States illegally.
Upon questioning, the El Salvadoran man admitted that he crossed the border illegally and accepted payment from someone in Houston to deliver the vehicle's other passengers to places in the Midwestern and Northeastern United States, according to a statement from the border patrol.
The Border Patrol has forwarded the El Salvadoran man's case to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio on suspicion of alien smuggling. Border Patrol agents have taken the vehicle's other seven passengers, pending removal action.
On Tuesday, agents from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Air and Marine Operations Division arrested a man fishing from a jet ski in Sandusky Bay. The Border Patrol reported in a press release that agents saw the jet ski, apparently anchored, in the bay.
Two men were fishing from the jet ski, which reportedly had no visible state registration numbers. Border Patrol said the agents determined that both men were Mexican nationals and had no legal immigration documents.
CBP turned both men over to Border Patrol agents. During questioning, agents at the Border Patrol's Sandusky Bay station determined that one of the two men was a legal U.S. resident under the federal Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.
He was released from custody and taken back to his jet ski.
The other man is subject to a deportation order issued Oct. 2, 2012. He was turned over to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations for removal action.