You are here

Justice News

Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
District of Maine

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 28, 2014

St. Martin, Quebec Man Pleads Guilty to Smuggling Charge

Contact: Jim Moore
Assistant United States Attorney
Tel: (207) 945-0373

Bangor, Maine: United States Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II announced that Pierre
Poulin, 40, of St. Martin, Quebec pled guilty today in U.S. District Court to illegally smuggling
his wife, a citizen of Brazil, into the United States.

According to court records, on July 17, 2014, Poulin used an ATV to drive his wife to a
wooded area near the international border and then drove his vehicle to the Jackman, Maine Port
of Entry intending to pick her up several miles south of the Port. Customs and Border Protection
(CBP) Officers at the Port became suspicious when Poulin claimed to be traveling alone, but had
in his vehicle, his wife’s passport, female clothing and a purse. His wife was located by Border
Patrol agents later that day near the border.

Poulin faces up to 10 years of in prison and a $250,000 fine, or both. He will be
sentenced after completion of a presentence investigation report by the U.S. Probation Office.

The investigation was conducted by CBP and the Border Patrol, agencies of the U.S.
Department of Homeland Security.

Updated January 26, 2015