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Houlton Sector Maine

Welcome to the Houlton Sector of the United States Border Patrol.

This office provides law enforcement support for the State of Maine.

This site provides Sector-related information, including Sector operations, Sector contact information, and where our stations are located.

Hello, I am the Chief Patrol Agent of Customs and Border Protection/Border Patrol's Houlton Sector. Houlton Sector anchors the country's northeast corner of our border with Canada, encompassing the entire State of Maine. The Border Patrol's main focus is controlling the border area in between the CBP Ports of Entry. Thank you for your interest in Houlton Sector and the security of our nation's borders.

I would like to invite you to take a few minutes to view the wide range of operations Houlton Sector conducts. Please contact us at (800) 851-8727 if you have any questions.

Thank you for visiting the Houlton Sector web site.

Joseph Mellia
Chief Patrol Agent

 

The Houlton Border Patrol Sector's operational area includes the entire State of Maine.

History and Background
The U.S. Border Patrol was established in Maine on May 28, 1924. The Border Patrol in Maine was under the direction of District One, located in Newport, Vermont. Houlton Sector consisted of 14 Patrol Inspectors located in Calais, Fort Fairfield, Fort Kent, Houlton, Jackman, Mars Hill, Van Buren and Vanceboro. The first Chief Patrol Inspector was Charles Grey. Except for the Chief and Houlton Inspectors, all Patrol Inspectors operated out of the Port of Entry within their location. Houlton Sector was originally located on Bangor Street; however, in 1940 it was relocated to a temporary building on Park Avenue. It remained there until a new facility was constructed in 1965 at its present location at 96 Calais Road, in Hodgdon, Maine.

Houlton Sector Patrol Inspectors enforced Immigration laws throughout the State of Maine, as well as apprehended illegal liquor smugglers during the Prohibition era. Inspectors also routinely checked logging camps in the northwest part of the state to guard against illegal loggers from Canada. During World War II, agents assisted in the capture of escaped prisoners from the detention camp established in Houlton, Maine.

In 1940, due to an increase in Border Patrol funding, Houlton Sector opened several new stations in Maine. New stations were established in Bethel, Guilford, Fryeburg, Madison, Machias and Rangeley. These stations remained open until 1949 when reorganization efforts closed the stations as well as stations in Fort Fairfield, Fort Kent, Mars Hill and Vanceboro. In 1956, Fort Fairfield was reopened and in 1957, a new station opened in Lincoln. After twenty one years, the Lincoln Station closed in 1978. In 1983 the Rangeley sub-station was reopened and was re-designated as an official Border Patrol Station in 2008.

Today, Houlton Sector maintains stations in Calais, Fort Fairfield, Houlton, Jackman, Rangeley and Van Buren.

Historical photograph of Houlton Sector Border Patrol Agents lined up in front of the Sector Headquarters.

 

 

 

Chief Patrol Agent: Joseph Mellia

Deputy Chief Patrol Agent: Alfredo L. Casillas

Service Area: The Houlton Sector covers the entire state of Maine.

Sector Headquarters Location: 96 Calais Road, Hodgdon, Maine

Stations: Stations of the Houlton Sector are located in Calais, Fort Fairfield, Houlton, Van Buren, Jackman and Rangeley, Maine.

Contact Information: Phone - (207) 532-6521, 1-800-851-8727; Sector Headquarters Mailing Address - 96 Calais Rd, Hodgdon ME 04730

Community Feedback: We strive to provide quality service to our customers. If we have not lived up to this commitment, we would like to know. If we have met or exceeded your expectations, please let us know that as well. To comment on the services provided by this office, please write to the Sector Chief Patrol Agent. If you feel you were mistreated by a Border Patrol employee or wish to make a complaint of misconduct by a Border Patrol employee, you may write to the Chief Patrol Agent.

Employment Opportunities: To obtain information about employment opportunities with the Border Patrol, you may contact this Sector and ask to speak to a recruiter. Additional recruiter contact information is provided at Locate a Border Patrol Recruiter. You will find additional information about careers with the Border Patrol in the Careers section of this Web site.

Public Affairs Office: To receive information concerning community or media-related issues, contact the Houlton Sector Public Affairs Office at (207) 532-6521.

Vehicle Seizure Office: Contact the Houlton Sector at (207) 532-6521 for vehicle seizure or asset forfeiture inquiries.

Simple design with moose head, symbol of the great state of Maine.

 

Front and back images of Houlton Sector's Challenge Coin.