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Immigration bust in Turner, Maine – 8 arrested, fraudulent documents, cocaine seized

U.S Border Patrol arrests 8 at immigration bust in Turner, Maine.

TURNER, MAINE – The immigration arrests just keep on coming for border patrol agents across Maine in the new year. On Tuesday, January 8th, agents in Turner, Maine arrested eight men on a variety of charges ranging from illegally entering the United States to drug charges and more.

“Border security impacts every town, city, and state in this country,” said Jason D. Owens, Chief Patrol Agent of the Border Patrol in Maine. “This incident is a reminder that Maine is not immune to those impacts.”

The men were arrested following a vehicle stop in Turner, during which agents found 17.5 ounces of cocaine, fraudulent immigration documents and fraudulent social security cards.

“Every element of this incident directly ties back to border security. Maine isn’t simply a transit point when it comes to illegal border activity; it is a destination,” said Chief Owens.

Among the men arrested were a Honduran national and Mexican national that agents determined had been deported from the United States on two separate occasions.

Among the men arrested, six were Mexican nationals, the Honduran national and a man from the Dominican Republic.

The arrests follow a stretch over the week of the New Year when agents announced numerous arrests, followed by the arrest of four more illegal immigrants in Fort Fairfield just following.

Border security and immigration have been a key focus of President Donald Trump, although Democrat lawmakers and activist groups have opposed him at nearly every turn. The string of arrests by U.S. Border Patrol across Maine that has included regular announcements of arrests since the middle of last year demonstrate that the problem extends beyond just the southern border of the United States.

The men were transported to the Rangeley Border Patrol Station for processing.  They were turned over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) for immigration proceedings.

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