Albanian man wanted for murder caught border crossing

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An Albanian murder suspect who attempted to enter the United States back on Dec. 20. was arrested by U.S. Border Patrol agents last week after he slipped back into the country through the woods.

The Champlain Border Patrol Station received a call at 8:30 am last Wednesday that a suspicious man was walking along Canaan Road near the international border. The man was caught attempting to use the phone in the reception area of a nearby business and questioned 20-year-old Sandra Hiraj about his immigration status until he eventually admitted the truth.

“The Swanton Border Patrol Sector relies heavily on the people that live and work near the border to report suspicious activity,” said Norm Lague, Patrol Agent in Charge of the Champlain Station. “This call prevented a dangerous fugitive from justice from successfully entering the United States.”

Officials say Hiraj has an outstanding arrest warrant in connection with the 2015 murder of a police officer in the Albania. Hiraj was taken into custody by border agents and will be prosecuted for illegally entering the United States.

He faces up to six months in prison.

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