Houlton, Maine - U.S. Border Patrol agents apprehended a citizen of Angola Thursday on an active warrant, out of Missouri, for a probation violation stemming from a sex crime.
Border Patrol agents assigned to the Houlton Sector were conducting a transportation check on a commercial bus in Houlton, Maine when agents encountered a man who stated he was a U.S. refugee. Subsequent questioning by agents on his refugee status revealed he had been born in Angola but was granted asylum into the U.S.
Immigration and criminal checks by agents revealed an active warrant out of Saint Charles County, Missouri for a probation violation stemming from a guilty plea for first degree sexual intercourse with a person less than 14-years-old. The warrant is a fully extraditable warrant, and the individual is currently being held at the Aroostook County Jail until transportation can be arranged for transfer of custody to the Saint Charles County Sheriff's Office.
Although most Border Patrol work is conducted in the immediate border area, agents conduct enforcement actions at transportation hubs away from the immediate border as part of the defense-in-depth strategy of disrupting human smuggling activities at transportation sites that are used as a means to further illegal trafficking into the interior of the United States.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.