A Mexican immigrant arrested in Scarborough has pled guilty to smuggling other illegal immigrants into the country, and faces up to five years in prison.
Silvino Orduna-Cabrera, pleaded guilty last month to bringing in, transporting and harboring two non-U.S. citizens, both of whom are family members, from Mexico and who had previously been barred from re-entering the U.S. The plea agreement was filed in U.S. District Court in Portland Thursday.
On July 24, Orduna-Cabrera, was arrested by Department of Homeland Security officers in Scarborough after telling border officials at the Canadian border in Vermont that he was headed to 38 Mussey Road in Scarborough to visit family.
Special Agent with the Dept. of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) James O. Bell, in a July 25 affidavit, testified that Orduna-Cabrera helped Jose Alfredo Pichardo-Orduna, 37, and Jaime Orduna-Resendez, 35, illegally cross the U.S. border in late June at the point of entry in Norton, Vermont.
Orduna-Cabrera let his nephews out to illegally walk across the border separately, and he proceeded to drive to the point of entry at Norton to cross. He told border protection officers that he was going to visit his Uncle Felix in Scarborough for two weeks before returning to Mexico, according to court documents. All three were granted entry as non-immigrant tourists under the Electronic Travel Authorization program, which allowed them to temporarily visit the country.
Orduna-Cabrera then picked up Pichardo-Orduna and Orduna-Resendez on the U.S. side, on Route 114. The three then drove to Maine.
Days later, Pichardo-Orduna’s visa was found on the side of Route 114 and turned into authorities. It was discovered that Pichardo-Orduna had been previously removed from the U.S. on three separate occasions between 2009 and 2014 and, each time, barred from re-entering the country either 5 or 20 years.
Orduna-Resendez had also been previously removed from the U.S. once before, in 2013. He was barred from re-entering for at least five years.
In other words, Bell testified, there were no records that either cousin had authorization from the Dept. of Homeland Security to re-enter the country.
Pichardo-Orduna and Orduna-Resendez were arrested on July 20.
Orduna-Cabrera has been charged with bringing in, transporting and harboring illegal aliens. He is being represented by Portland-based attorney J. Hilary Billings.
By entering a guilty plea on Aug. 31, he faces up to five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.