HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – Five Mexican citizens were official charges last Friday after the arrest of nineteen Mexican citizens by Border Patrol agents in Glacier County, Montana. A tip to law enforcement led to an investigation that later revealed sixteen subjects illegally crossed the U.S./Canada border north of Cut Bank where they were promptly arrested.
Four of the defendants had an initial appearance on a criminal complaint before U.S. Magistrate Judge John Johnston. The complaint charges the four with illegal transport of aliens and with conspiracy to transport aliens. If convicted on all the charges, the defendants could face a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.
A fifth defendant had an initial appearance on a criminal complaint charging her with illegal re-entry after deportation. If convicted, she faces a maximum two years in prison, a $250,000 and three years of supervised release.
Three of the subjects are being held to serve as material witnesses in the case and the other eleven subjects are being process for U.S. immigration violations. All of the defendants are being detained pending further proceedings.