Border patrol arrests illegal immigrant with meth, arrest record in Auburn, Maine

A U.S. Border Protection canine checks luggage. Photo courtesy U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

AUBURN – A man who entered the United States when Bill Clinton was President of the United States was arrested Tuesday at a transportation hub in Auburn, Maine.

A release from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says that agents were present at the transportation hub on July 2 and discovered the Mexican national who was illegally present in the United States.

A search of the man and his baggage resulted in the discovery of methamphetamine, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia.  The man was found to have entered the United States illegally through Douglas, Arizona in 1997 and lacked proper documents to travel or remain within the United States. 

The man admitted to three previous arrests during processing, including one arrest for domestic violence.

“Routine operations in and around transportation hubs is a long standing and well established immigration enforcement tool,” said Jason D. Owens, Chief of the Border Patrol in Maine.  “If our agents had not been present at the bus station, an admitted criminal alien and his dangerous drugs would have gone undetected.”

After processing, the Mexican national was placed into removal proceedings and transferred to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).  The narcotics and paraphernalia were seized.

“Public transportation hubs are used by alien smuggling and drug trafficking organizations to move people, narcotics, and contraband to interior destinations throughout the country. Seizures like the one we had today help to highlight the reason for these checks and emphasize the job we are doing to protect the citizens of Maine and the United States,” said Rangeley Patrol Agent in Charge, Robert Leroux.

The man is the third illegal immigrant arrested in recent weeks in the Auburn area.

The Border Patrol in Maine relies on the cooperation and assistance of the public.  Anyone wishing to make a confidential report of suspicious activity may call (800) 851-8727 to contact the United States Border Patrol in Maine.

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