At about 3 p.m. Sunday, Trooper Brian Redman, working out of the Clarence barracks, stopped a 1989 Chevrolet pickup truck with New York plates for numerous traffic violations. After a check showed that both the driver and passenger lacked proper documentation, both were turned over to the U.S. Border Patrol.

About four hours later, Redman stopped a 1995 Toyota pickup registered in Maryland, also for traffic violations. Redman then turned all five occupants over to the same Border Patrol agent, Brock Bannon.

The seven subjects, none of whom could show a permanent U.S. address, were identified as Juan Gallegos-Chavarria, 40; Antonio Gallardo-Valdivia, 34; Regino Ornelas-Delgadillo, no age given; Julio Villalobos-Ornelas, 18; Santiago Macias-Villalobos, 23; Bernardo Calvillo-Marias, 21; and Juan Villalobos-Ornelas, 23.

State police say all seven suspects are being held for violation of a federal law covering illegal entry by aliens. They did not indicate where the two stops occurred.