Border agents from Houlton stopped four vehicles and found 27 Romanians who were in the country illegally.

According to the United States Border Patrol, on February 25th a convoy of four vehicles was stopped near the town of Union Corners by Border Patrol personnel from the Houlton station. Inside those vehicles, officials found 27 Romanian citizens who had allegedly just crossed the Canadian border illegally.

Officials say one of the people had a medical concern and so was transported to the Houlton Regional Hospital for evaluation. The other 26 people were taken to the Fort Fairfield Station for further processing. Eventually, the person who went to the hospital was also sent to the Houlton station. The four vehicles that the group was traveling in were seized by border agents, along with a significant amount of U.S. and foreign currency. At this point, all 27 Romanian citizens were sent back to Canada.

Sector Chief William J. Maddocks says he's incredibly proud of the way the situation was handled.

When my team protects the border here, we protect our national interests. Violators will be dealt with swiftly, to the fullest extent allowable by law, and will be subject to arrest, removal, prosecution, civil penalties and/or asset forfeiture, where applicable.

The Houlton Border Station is one of six U.S. Border Patrol Stations in Maine, all of which fall under the Houlton Sector Headquarters. Agents assigned to the Houlton station are responsible for securing 98 miles of border, between the United States and Canada.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection works with the Department of Homeland Security to protect the borders of our country.

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