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Officials: Mexican crossed illegally from Canada into Maine

Border Patrol (Leaflet / CC BY-SA 3.0)

CALAIS, Maine (AP) -- Border agents have arrested a Mexican national accused of illegally crossing the border from Canada into Maine.

Customs and Border Protection agents say 45-year-old Benigno Godinez-Cortez was detained Tuesday during an investigation into possible illegal activity and admitted he'd illegally crossed the border from Canada.

Court documents indicate Godinez-Cortez said he was waiting to be picked up by his girlfriend, an Australian who was later charged with inducing him to enter the U.S., where she was waiting with a car.

A lawyer for Godinez-Cortez declined comment Thursday night.

The arrest is at least the second in recent weeks of someone in the country illegally.

Officials say a Haitian man was arrested last month after border agents shut down Interstate 95 and questioned motorists at a roadblock.

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