Eight illegal immigrants from Mexico — including one that has been caught unlawfully inside the United States at least five times — have been nabbed by the U.S. Border Patrol in Essex County. Josie Perez, 53, appeared briefly for his initial hearing in U.S. District Court in Burlington. Perez indicated he was planning to pay $4,000 to those helping him sneak into the United States, and he was headed to New York. Perez is facing a charge of being an illegal immigrant that had been previously removed from the United States and found inside the country again. Perez was among five men and three women found by U.S. Border Patrol Agents in a black 2013 Chevrolet Tahoe in Canaan at about 2:30 a.m. Investigators received a tip that possibly six people on foot had crossed the U.S.-Canada border. A Border Patrol Agent spotted a Vermont-registered Chevy Tahoe on Canaan Hill Road with one person visible. Minutes later, it turned around and was headed toward Vermont 102 with two people visible. Border Patrol signaled for the SUV to pull over, and the woman behind the wheel complied. All eight Mexicans admitted they were in the country illegally.
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