Portuguese man, Canadian appear in border case

Posted June 21, 2010, at 3:45 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:54 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Two men accused of illegally crossing the Canadian border last week appeared Monday before a federal judge in U.S. District Court.

Nicholas G. Olmstead, 25, of Woodstock, New Brunswick, was charged with bringing an alien into the United States. Luis Cabral De Resendes, 41, of Portugal was charged with illegal re-entry into the U.S.

Olmstead agreed to be held without bail pending the outcome of his case. U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk delayed Cabral De Resendes’ first appearance until his attorney, Wayne Foote of Bangor, can hire a Portuguese interpreter, according to the court docket. It is expected to be rescheduled for later this week.

The Portuguese man most likely will be detained pending the outcome of his case.

U.S. Border Patrol agents on Thursday stopped the Canadian man in Houlton after Olmstead’s car was spotted crossing the border at a location known as Starkey’s Corner instead of at a designated port of entry, according to court documents.

How the car was detected is not explained in court documents.

Olmstead apparently saw the agents behind him and pulled off to the side of the road before they activated any emergency lights. Court documents do not identify on which road Olmstead was stopped.

Without being questioned, according to the court documents, Olmstead volunteered that he had “just dropped off a guy from Portugal” at a Houlton motel and did not want any trouble. The Canadian allegedly told investigators that Cabral De Resendes paid him an undisclosed amount to drive him across the border at Houlton.

As they approached the Houlton Port of Entry, Cabral De Resendes allegedly told Olmstead that he did not have a passport and directed him to a road nearby that was blocked by a large orange gate with a sign that said either “Do Not Enter” or “Dead End.”

Olmstead, according to court documents, dropped off Cabral De Resendes at the motel, then stopped at a convenience store before heading back to Canada the way he had come. That’s when he spotted Border Patrol agents and pulled over.

Cabral De Resendes was picked up across the street from the motel, according to court documents. He was deported from the U.S. two years ago and removed again earlier this year.

If convicted, Olmstead faces up to 10 years in prison, while Cabral De Resendes faces up to two years in prison. Both men also could be fined up to $250,000 and barred from entering the U.S. again.

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