Border Patrol charges 2 in Uber with human smuggling

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HIGHGATE, Vt. (AP) - The U.S. Border Patrol says two men in a New York City-based Uber are facing human smuggling charges after they were arrested near the Vermont-Quebec border where they intended to pick up two other men who had just entered the United States illegally.

Court documents say the two men in the vehicle were arrested early Thursday in Highgate shortly after agents had arrested a man from Mexico and Cuba who admitted they had just crossed illegally from Canada.

Agents found the two men walking about a half mile south of the border after a remote sensor was activated. The two were charged with being in the country illegally.

Agents later determined the two men in the car had been communicating by phone with the two who crossed the border.