A U.S. Border Patrol vehicle is parked outside the Border Patrol Station at 589 North Street in Houlton on June 22. Credit: Joseph Cyr | Houlton Pioneer Times

HOULTON, Maine — The U.S. Border Patrol says a Mexican man accused of being in the U.S. illegally will be returned — for a fourth time.

The Border Patrol says two Mexican men were detained Thursday in Waterville, Maine. Officials say they were taken to the Border Patrol’s Houlton office where routine checks showed one of them already had been removed from the United States three times.

Officials say the man who’d been removed multiple times was referred for criminal prosecution, while the other man is subject to an administrative removal process.

Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agent Jason Owens said the arrests underscore the effectiveness of patrol activities, in this case miles from the actual border crossing.