Canadian woman who sneaked across border for person she met online pleads guilty

Posted June 25, 2013, at 11:55 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A Canadian woman who sneaked across the border intending to meet someone in Alabama that she’d met online waived indictment and pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to re-entering the U.S. after removal.

Angela Heather Johnson, 52, of Halifax, Nova Scotia, was arrested earlier this month, according to court documents. She is being held without bail pending sentencing.

A sentencing date for Johnson has not been set.

Johnson came to the attention of U.S. Border Patrol agent Michael Vejar about 8:30 p.m. June 13 when he was patrolling on foot an area in Hamlin about a quarter of a mile west of the border in northern Aroostook County, according to the complaint. Vejar heard a person calling for help and encountered a woman who said she was a traveler and had been walking for a long time and was tired and lost.

“The woman stated that she couldn’t leave without getting her bags,” Vejar wrote in the complaint. “We therefore walked back into the woods, where she had set down two large duffel bags and a large purse. The belongings were too large for her to have walked with over any distance.”

Johnson initially gave agents the birth certificate belonging to her daughter, who was born in 1992, as identification, the complaint said. A database search of Johnson’s fingerprints showed that she was denied entry on May 31 at the Houlton and June 3 at the Pinnacle, Vt., ports of entry.

The Halifax resident faces up to two years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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