RANGELEY, MAINE—Yesterday, Leandro Bettiol, 26, with dual citizenship from Brazil and Italy, plead guilty in Federal court in Bangor, Maine for illegally entering the United States over the weekend.
On April 20, a national from Brazil was encountered on Route 27 near the Coburn Gore, Maine port of entry by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer after the suspect illegally walked around the port of entry to avoid inspection. Upon further questioning, the subject was placed under arrest by the CBP officer, and driven to the Coburn Gore port of entry where the officer requested assistance from U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Rangeley station.
When agents arrived at the location and interviewed the male subject, he was determined to be a national from Brazil who was illegally present in the United States; a violation of 8 USC 1325, Entry without Inspection. The subject was then transported to the Rangeley Border Patrol station for processing.
Prosecution was approved by the United States Attorney's Office, Bangor, Maine where the subject faced the Entry without Inspection violation in Federal court yesterday, and plead guilty to the charge.
Bettiol was sentenced to time served and is currently in the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) pending his deportation back to Italy.
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