Border Patrol Agent, CBP
While patrolling the border at a checkpoint near Campo, California in March 2011, Agent Stanley Smith became suspicious when he noticed that the license plate of a passing van did not reflect his headlights. Stopping the vehicle and looking inside, Agent Smith found 15 individuals dressed in Marine Corps uniforms. The camouflage uniforms, he noticed, were in different shades.
A former Marine Corps officer of four years, Agent Smith tested the driver on common knowledge for any Marine – the birthday of the Marine Corps. When the driver and passengers failed to pass basic questioning, it became clear to Agent Smith that the group was comprised of smugglers and illegal immigrants, in a van with stolen license plates.
The Border Patrol arrested the 13 illegal immigrants, the driver and another suspected smuggler.
Agent Smith has served as a Border Patrol agent for three years. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is the largest uniformed, federal law enforcement agency in the country. As the guardians of America’s borders, CBP is responsible for securing America’s borders against threats while facilitating legal travel, trade, and immigration.