Two Indian nationals, Nileshkumar Patel and Harsad Mehta were arrested on smuggling and conspiracy charges and also for reportedly conspiring with an undercover federal agent to smuggle people via Thailand to New Jersey, the United States. They were arrested at the Newark Liberty International Airport and were remanded into custody after a brief appearance before a judge.
“Patel and Mehta met with an undercover Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agent on multiple occasions in Bangkok starting in April 2014 and paid the agent $35,000 to $50,000 to have six Indians smuggled into New Jersey even though they didn't have legal clearance to come to America”, the undercover Homeland Security Investigations agent Douglas Doherty said in a criminal complaint.
The HSI investigation began in June 2013, revealed a smuggling operation attempting to find methods to illegally smuggle people to the US. The investigation also founded that the organization recruited Indians and others to pay them to get them to the US.
Patel was involved in all six cases and Mehta was involved in four cases.