St. Mary Border Patrol Station Horse Patrol Unit (Border Patrol photo)
GREAT FALLS -
Border Patrol agents assigned to the St. Mary Border Patrol Station Horse Patrol Unit arrested a 47-year-old man from Ireland near the Chief Mountain Port of Entry.
The man - whose name was not released - was arrested on Saturday, August 5th.
A press release from U.S. Customs and Border Protectionsays that Border Patrol agents encountered the man carrying a large backpack along the international border.
The agents questioned the man and learned that he had illegally entered the United States from Canada by walking south through the woods in an effort to avoid being seen.
He was arrested and processed for a removal hearing.
Immigration & Customs Enforcement will keep him in custody until his removal proceedings.
“This is a great example of how effective our agents are at identifying and interdicting cross border traffic in remote areas of the border,” said Division Chief John South. “They’re always ready to carry out our agency’s mission and safeguard the public.”
The St. Mary Station's area of responsibility is comprised of 7,800 square miles of mountainous terrain and rolling prairie farm and ranch land.
Approximately 870 square miles of the eastern half of Glacier National Park lie within the station area.
The St. Mary canal system runs from Babb to near Del Bonita along the station's northern border for a distance of 14 miles.
A part of the Lewis & Clark National Forest is included in the station area, as is a part of the Bob Marshall Wilderness area.