MCS Installed RVSS Camera System Thwarts Illegal Smuggling

MCS Installed RVSS Camera System Thwarts Illegal Smuggling

Technology Thwarts Illegal Smuggling

Several Illegal Immigrants Arrested During Crackdown


POSTED: Wednesday, October 27, 2010
UPDATED: 7:20 pm EDT October 27, 2010


New technology has helped U.S. Border Patrol agents crack down on smuggling along the St. Clair River.

 Day and night video cameras installed inside of buoys in the river, which are monitored 24/7 by agents through a remote video surveillance system, have helped agents bust three smuggling attempts in the past two weeks, the agency said.

 Watch:  Cameras Crack Down On River Smuggling Activity

 There are 11 towers installed from one end of the river to the other.

 "We see just about every square inch of that river," said Agent Gregory Lambert. "We're there to keep them safe."

 The first case happened on Oct. 16 when monitors observed a suspicious boat in U.S. waters in Clay Township and a vehicle that was parked nearby.

 When agents searched the vehicle, the found an illegal immigrant, $56,000 in U.S. currency and four stolen handguns and jewelry, the agency said.

 The second case was reported on Oct. 23. Monitors noticed a boat dropping off a man near a restaurant in Algonac. When agents questioned the man, he too was discovered to be an illegal immigrant who had been previously deported from the U.S.

 A vehicle suspected to be involved in the smuggling activity was stopped in Clay Township and agents discovered several thousand dollars in Canadian currency inside, the agency said.

 The third case was reported Tuesday evening. Around 11 p.m., agents monitoring the video system saw a small boat entering U.S. waters in Algonac. The boat pulled into downtown Algonac and agents watched as three people got out and ran across M29.

 The three people were arrested and it was determined they were all in the U.S. illegally, the agency said.

 "They are not just run-of-the-mill people coming here to work. They are coming here and going back to Canada as part of an organized crime ring," Lambert said. "They are intent on doing us harm."

 Immigrations Customs and Enforcement agents are investigating the cases.