Marked and unmarked vehicles are parked in front of the U.S. Border Patrol Station June 22, 2018, at 589 North St. in Houlton. Credit: Joseph Cyr / Houlton Pioneer Times

HOULTON, Maine — Seven people were arrested in three different border incidents last weekend even though the Maine-Canada border is closed to nonessential traffic because of the pandemic, the U.S. Border Patrol said.

Six Romanians were arrested after illegally crossing the border into the U.S. in a minivan near Hodgdon on Saturday. Two of the six arrested had been deported from the United States in 2017, the Border Patrol said.

That same day, a man was arrested and expelled to Canada after lying about this citizenship status and trying to bring cannabis oil across the border; in a third incident, a U.S. citizen who illegally docked his boat in Canada was detained and fined, the Border Patrol said.

The border between the U.S. and Canada remains closed to non-essential traffic and violators can be fined up to $5,000 dollars for the first offence, said Dennis Harmon, acting Deputy Chief Patrol Agent in Houlton.