Canadian sentenced for aiding alien

Posted Sept. 27, 2010, at 10:57 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:32 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Canadian man was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court to time served, approximately 102 days, for bringing an alien into the United States.

Nicholas G. Olmstead, 25, of Woodstock, New Brunswick, is expected to be returned to his homeland this week.

Olmstead was arrested in June with his passenger, Luis Cabral De Resendes, 41, of Portugal. The elder man was charged with illegal re-entry into the U.S. because he previously was deported in 2008, according to court documents.

The men have been held without bail since their arrests.

Both pleaded guilty in July to their respective charges.

A sentencing date for Cabral De Resendes has not been set.

U.S. Border Patrol agents on June 17 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 was not explained in court documents.

Olmstead 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, Olmstead volunteered that he had “just dropped off a guy from Portugal” at a Houlton motel and did not want any trouble. The Canadian told investigators that Cabral De Resendes paid him an about $20 to drive him across the border at Houlton.

As they approached the Houlton Port of Entry, Cabral De Resendes 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,” according to the prosecution versions of events to which both men pleaded guilty.

Olmstead told investigators that he 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.

Olmstead faced 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.

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