June 22, 2018
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Hondurans caught in Lubec face federal charges

By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Two Honduran men caught sleeping Monday in a car in a Lubec parking lot made their first appearances Monday in U.S. District Court.

Virgilio de Jesus Gonzalez-Garcia, 29, and Alex Martinez, 38, agreed to be held without bail until their cases are resolved.

Both are charged with re-entry after deportation.

A Washington County sheriff’s deputy found the pair sleeping in a car parked outside a nursing home, according to court documents. The deputy called U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents because he suspected the men were in the country illegally.

A records check showed that Martinez was deported in 2003, but he said he returned about five years ago when he walked into the U.S. near McAllen, Texas. Gonzalez-Garcia was deported in 2005 and returned on foot at Nogales a few years ago.

Information about what the men were doing in Maine and whose car they were sleeping in was not available Wednesday.

If convicted, each man faces up to two years in federal prison and could be ordered to pay a fine of up to $250,000.

The men are expected to be deported again after their cases have been resolved.

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