Nova Scotia man accused of illegally walking across border in Hodgdon

6 years ago

HODGDON, Maine — A 48-year-old Halifax, Nova Scotia, man was arrested Saturday and charged with improper entry into the United States.

According to sworn testimony by U.S. Border Patrol Agent Matthew McLellan in an affidavit filed in federal court in Bangor, Kevin W. Chinn was arrested by Border Patrol agents around 1 p.m. Saturday after he illegally entered the country.

Border Patrol Agent Michael McGary was patrolling in Hodgdon when he was notified that a subject had walked across the border at Union Corners in Hodgdon. Agent McGary responded to the area, but was notified that the subject had since crossed back into Canada.

McGary remained in the vicinity to see if the suspect attempted to cross a second time, and a few minutes later was notified by Houlton sector border officials that a person had crossed the international border and was walking in front of the gate on the United States side of the border.

McGary and Border Patrol Agent Andrew Mazur spotted the suspect walking down the road and apprehended him. They took the man, identified as Chinn, to the Border Patrol Station in Houlton at about 1:45 p.m.

At the station, Chinn stated he did not have any immigration documents allowing him to enter or remain in the United States. A records check also revealed an extensive criminal history in Canada.

According to the affidavit, Chinn told immigration officers that he did not seek entry into the United States at a designated point of entry because he knew his criminal history in Canada made him inadmissible. He also stated his intent was to make his way to Nashua, New Hampshire, to set up residence.

Chinn was charged in Bangor court Monday with improper entry into the United States. If convicted, he faces a sentence of up to six month in prison and a $5,000 fine before being deported.