Undocumented Colombians arrested after illegal entry

Hector Hugo Pulgarin-Munoz
Hector Hugo Pulgarin-Munoz
Posted Aug. 31, 2012, at 5:05 p.m.
Guillermo Giraldo-Alvarez
Guillermo Giraldo-Alvarez

BANGOR, Maine — Two undocumented men from Colombia charged with illegally crossing the border from Canada into Maine made their first appearances Friday in U.S. District Court.

Guillermo Girald-Alverez, 51, of Bogota and Hector Hugo Pulgarin-Munoz, 51, of Medellin were charged with entry without inspection. The men were arrested Thursday after being observed by a U.S. Border Patrol agent driving around a barricade near Union Corners, New Brunswick, the previous day, according to court documents.

Union Corners is less than five miles south of the Houlton border crossing.

The Colombians told agents that they were coming to the U.S. to work and live. Neither man had the proper documents to enter or remain legally in the U.S., according to court documents.

Pulgarin-Munoz pleaded guilty Friday to the charge and was sentenced to four days in jail.

Giraldo-Alvarez pleaded not guilty. His jury-waived trial is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 7.

If convicted, he faces up to six months in prison and a $5,000 fine. Pulgarin-Munoz faced the same penalties.

Both men most likely will be deported after their federal cases are closed.

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