HOULTON, Maine- The United States Border Patrol in Maine reports three Mexican Nationals were arrested for immigration violations over the past week. The arrests occurred in Farmington on August 23, and in the Bridgewater area on August 24.
Agents encountered Margarito Vega-Vasquez in Farmington while responding to a concerned citizen call. The Mexican National was found to have entered the United States illegally near Laredo, Texas, in 2019. Records checks showed Vega-Vasquez was previously removed from the United States.
Vega-Vasquez was taken into custody, entered into removal proceedings, and criminally charged with a felony under Title 8 U.S. Code 1326, Reentry after Removal. Vega-Vasquez remains in custody pending disposition on the criminal charges. At the conclusion of the criminal proceedings, Vega-Vaquez will be transferred to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) for removal from the United States.
On the evening of August 24, Fort Fairfield Agents arrested two Mexican National who crossed the border illegally. The men attempted to enter a fully marked, United States Border Patrol vehicle that had come to a stop in close proximately to the border.
When the front passenger-side door opened, the agent operating the vehicle identified himself as a United States Border Patrol Agent. The Mexican Nationals then fled towards a nearby wooded area. A search of the area resulted in the discovery of the two men.
The men were transported to the Fort Fairfield Border Patrol Station for processing. Both men were found to have recently crossed into the United States from Canada. Both men were entered into removal proceedings and transferred to the custody of ICE ERO.
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.