DERBY LINE — Six people who authorities say entered the U.S. illegally in Derby Line, and the driver who picked them up, were arrested on Wednesday.
According to the criminal complaint, on the evening of May 1, agents at the Newport Border Patrol station learned that a group of people were entering the United States from Canada on foot, near an area known as Goodall Farm.
Agents in the area say they observed six individuals huddled together in a wooded area near the border.
Shortly thereafter, they say an SUV drive up to the group. The vehicle stopped and the six individuals got in. The vehicle was later pulled over.
Authorities say the driver was identified as Francisco Alejo-Medrano, 27, a citizen of Mexico.
The six passengers were all determined to be undocumented Mexican citizens.
All seven people in the vehicle were arrested.
Alejo-Medrano appeared in court yesterday on a charge that he unlawfully transported a group of people entering the United States illegally.
U.S. District Judge Christina Reiss ordered that Alejo-Medrano be detained pending further proceedings.
According to court records, the six passengers are being charged with unlawfully entering the United States.
If convicted, Alejo-Medrano faces up to five years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $250,000.