Dawn Gagnon
Bangor Daily News
February 12, 2010

BANGOR, Maine — A U.S. Border Patrol checkpoint on Interstate 95 that began Tuesday and resumed Wednesday was part of the federal agency’s overall mission to stop terrorists and their weapons from entering the country.

[efoods]In this case, however, the particular focus was on ferreting out any illegal aliens who might have entered the United States unlawfully through its northern border, Deputy Chief Patrol Agent Alfredo Casillas of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Houlton Sector said Wednesday afternoon.

“This is just one of what I call the tools in our toolbox,” Casillas said of the checkpoints conducted this week.

Though Casillas declined to say if the checkpoint would be operating today, he did say that agents had stopped about 1,000 vehicles a day earlier this week to determine if the drivers and passengers were U.S. citizens and if not, if they were here legally.


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