BANGOR – On
September 19, U.S. Border Patrol Agents from the Houlton Station arrested a
Guatemalan man in Bangor. The man had been previously deported twice and will
now face felony charges for illegal re-entry.
indicates that agents encountered the man, identified as Mateo
Carmelo-Bartolo on Thursday evening and determined that he was illegally
present in the United States. Agents took Carmelo-Bartolo into custody and
transported him to the Houlton Border Station for processing.
Carmelo-Bartolo’s immigration history
revealed two previous deportations consisting of one from Laredo, Texas in 2007
and the second from Phoenix, Arizona in 2010. In 2013, the subject again
illegally re-entered the United States through an area near Rio Bravo, Texas
and admitted this to agents.
deportation is a serious violation of our laws,” said Jason Owens, Chief Patrol
Agent of the Border Patrol in Maine. “Identifying and removing those who
knowingly and repeatedly violate our immigration laws is one of our top
Under 8 USC 1326, an individual convicted of illegal re-entry can face as much as ten to twenty years in prison, depending on the circumstances of their case.
The arrest continues a streak of arrests across Maine by border patrol agents throughout the summer. Those arrests have included individuals illegally present in the United States, drug arrests, violations of United States labor laws and more.
President Donald Trump has made the issue of immigration and border patrol a top priority as he works to build a wall on the southern border of the United States.
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.
Individuals referred for criminal prosecution are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.