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Illegal Re-Entry: Border Patrol arrests man in Bangor who has been deported twice

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.

The report 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.

 “Re-entry after 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 priorities.”

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.

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