Houlton Sector Border Patrol agents teamed up with Maine law enforcement to arrest 22 migrants illegally in the country. Among those arrested is a previously deported Mexican national, convicted of human trafficking and illegal re-entry after his deportation.
On April 14, Border Patrol agents at Wilton Station received a request from deputies at the Franklin County, Maine Sheriff’s Office regarding a traffic stop with suspected migrants illegally present in the United States. Deputies stopped a dangerously overloaded vehicle containing 17 people for speeding.
Wilton is located near central Maine, southeast of Farmington.
Border Patrol agents arrived and identified 15 of the occupants as Mexican nationals illegally present in the United States. The other two occupants were US citizens.
During a records check, Border Patrol agents identified one of the Mexican men as a 31-year-old man with a criminal history including human trafficking and illegal re-entry after his deportation. “This is a criminal offense for a person previously deported by the United States to illegally re-enter the United States,” officials said.
Officers referred the convicted smuggler to the United States Attorney’s Office to be prosecuted for unlawful re-entry after his deportation. If convicted, the man could face up to 20 years in federal prison. Officials have not disclosed whether the man was acting as a smuggler in the current incident.
Officers processed the remaining Mexican nationals for removal proceedings. The two US citizens have not been charged in connection with the incident.
Hours later, Rangeley Station Border Patrol agents encountered another group of migrants near the town of Rangeley, Maine. This community is also located miles from the Canada-US border.
Officers identified the migrants as Ecuadorian nationals present illegally in the United States. Officers processed the seven Ecuadorian migrants for removal proceedings.
“Any time we get a criminal off the streets, it’s a success. The aforementioned 31-year-old Mexican national was not only convicted of human trafficking, but was also deported from the United States twice. This incident is a great example of how our effective partnerships with state, county and local law enforcement agencies help keep our communities safe.John Krause, Patrol Officer in Charge of Rangeley Border Patrol Station, said in a written statement.
Houlton Area Chief Patrol Officer William Maddocks added: ‘When foreign nationals enter the United States illegally, we never know who has a criminal or other derogatory background until they are met by law enforcement. Unfortunately, we have seen a noticeable increase in the number of foreign nationals with criminal backgrounds transiting and working in the Rangeley Station area.
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