In North Lima, ICE agents take custody of immigrants
By David Skolnick
Thirteen illegal immigrants from Mexico, Cuba and Honduras found at a Beaver Township gas station are in the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement 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 immigrants, 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 [immigrants].”
Beaver police called ICE agents, who spoke by telephone with some of the people traveling and also suspected some might be illegal immigrants, Valentine said.
Beaver police and the agents deter- mined that 13 were illegal immigrants, most of them from Mexico with a few from Cuba and Honduras, Valentine said.
The 19 were traveling along the Ohio Turnpike from Indiana to Delaware to work on a watermelon farm and got off for gas and food, he said.
The ICE agents took the 13 into custody and back to Erie and the six others went on their way to Delaware, Valentine said.