3 arrested in attempt to smuggle individuals into U.S. in Franklin County

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MORRISTOWN — Three people were arrested in connection with an attempt to smuggle individuals without legal status into the United States near Morse Line.

On February 19, authorities say they were notified that a vehicle had dropped off three individuals just north of the border in Canada.

Police say they believed the individuals were planning to enter the United States on foot.

Border Patrol agents responded to the area and apprehended three Mexican nationals, including Emmanuel Moheno-Gomez, 30, of Mexico.

During that investigation, agents also encountered a rental vehicle with North Carolina license plates.

An agent stopped that vehicle when it drove to the area just south of the border where the three individuals likely would have crossed into the United States.

The three were held without bail pending trial.

Police say two other individuals without status in the United States who were apprehended with Moheno-Gomez were released to immigration custody for removal from the United States.

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