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Border Patrol Uses Hand-Held Technology in Auburn Arrest

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AUBURN, Maine – U.S. Border Patrol agents from Rangeley Station arrested one Mexican National using a mobile-biometric-device for identification. Once the identity of the subject was confirmed, he was processed for removal from the United States.

On September 29, agents responded to the City of Auburn following a request for assistance from the City of Auburn Police Department. The subject had been acting in an elusive manner and provided multiple names and dates of birth to officers in order to evade identification. When Border Patrol agents arrived they were able to determine his correct biographical information after using a mobile-biometric-device that is hand-held and captures fingerprints and photographs.

“The technology available to Border Patrol agents continues to evolve, and helps agents perform their duties quicker and safer while working in the field,” said Jason Owens, Chief Patrol Agent of the Border Patrol in Maine. 

Agents then transported the man to the Rangeley Border Patrol Station for processing. During the administrative portion of processing it was discovered that the man had been ordered-removed from the United States by an Immigration Judge on November 13, 2016.  It was then revealed that a warrant for deportation had been issued on January 5, 2017 after the subject failed to appear for his court date. Additionally, the man admitted to agents that he re-entered the United States illegally through Arizona sometime back in 2010. He also told agents that he had been working and living in the states of Ohio, Indiana and Maine under false aliases since then.

“Sharing resources with other law enforcement partners in our communities helps promote the good relationships we have established,” said Chief Owens.

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.  

Hand held mobile biometric device
Hand held mobile biometric device 
used by U.S. Border Patrol agents.


  • Last Modified: February 3, 2021