By DAVID SKOLNICK
Thirteen illegal aliens from Mexico, Cuba and Honduras found at a Beaver Township gas station are in the custody of border patrol agents in Erie, Pa.
Beaver police were called to the Pilot gas station on Market Street about 6:30 p.m. Saturday by a truck driver who was “very upset” that his vehicle was blocked by a white school bus at that location, said police Lt. Dan Valentine. The driver told police that the passengers in the bus were illegal aliens, Valentine said.
Police found the 15 people in the bus, as well as four others in two other vehicles traveling with those in the bus, eating and questioned them, Valentine said.
Officers had trouble understanding the 19 people, who spoke with Spanish accents, he said.
“They were getting nervous and wanted to avoid me,” he said. “We determined they might be illegal aliens.”
Beaver police called border patrol agents, who spoke by telephone with some of the people traveling and also suspected some might be illegal aliens, Valentine said.
Beaver police and the border patrol determined that 13 were illegal aliens, most of them from Mexico with a few from Cuba and Honduras, Valentine said.
The 19 were traveling from Indiana to Delaware to work on a watermelon farm along the Ohio Turnpike and got off for gas and food, he said.
The border patrol took the 13 into custody and back to Erie and the six others continued on their way to Delaware, Valentine said.