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Quebec man pleads guilty to wife smuggle try

July 28, 2014

JACKMAN, Maine (AP) — A Quebec resident is pleading guilty to charges he illegally smuggled his wife into the United States earlier this month.

Court records say 40-year-old Pierre Poulin of St. Martin, Quebec used an all-terrain vehicle to drive his wife to a wooded area near the Canada-United States border and then drove his vehicle to the Jackman, Maine entry point intending to pick her up. Poulin’s wife is a Brazilian citizen.

Border officers became suspicious of Poulin because he claimed to be traveling alone but had his wife’s passport with him. Border patrol agents located Poulin’s wife near the border.

Poulin’s attorney, David Bate of Bangor, said despite the plea he believes the charges against his client are too harsh. Poulin faces up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

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