New Brunswick

One of two brothers arrested after border closure charged in Woodstock

Two brothers were arrested during an incident Friday that closed the Canada-U.S. border between Woodstock and Houlton, Maine.

Bailey Roy, 21, appeared in provincial court on Monday, while brother, Damien, remains in custody stateside

Brothers Damien Roy, left, and Bailey Roy were arrested Friday at the Canada-U.S. border. (Supplied by Halifax Regional Police)

Two brothers were arrested during an incident Friday that closed the Canada-U.S. border between Woodstock, N.B., and Houlton, Maine.

Damien Roy, 22, and Bailey Roy, 21, of the Halifax area remain in custody, one in Canada and the other in the U.S.  

Bailey Roy was charged in Woodstock provincial court Monday with wilfully obstructing peace officers in the execution of their duties.

He will have a bail hearing Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

RCMP said two men were arrested Friday by U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials after the Houlton border crossing was closed for much of the day and traffic was forced to other crossings. 

The other man's name has not yet been released by police or border officials, but CBC News has learned that Damien Roy was also arrested at the border crossing and remains in custody in Portland, Maine.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson said a name could not be released at this point but confirmed "the second individual was turned over to ICE, or Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 

On the ICE website, Damien Roy is listed as being detained at Cumberland County Jail in Portland.

Corey Roy, father of both men, also confirmed that Damien was arrested and remains in the U.S.

So far ICE and RCMP are not saying what charges, if any, he will face in the U.S. or Canada. 

Border Incident

New Brunswick RCMP responded to a 'suspicious vehicle' at the border crossing between Woodstock and Houlton, Maine, and urged drivers to take an alternate route. (John Slipp)

Police have said they got a report of a suspicious vehicle stopped in the area between the Canada and U.S. entry points around 10:15 a.m. Friday. The two men inside the vehicle refused to speak with police officers or Canada Border Services agents and would not get out of the vehicle, police said. 

An RCMP armoured vehicle headed toward the Woodstock-Houlton border crossing Friday afternoon. (Catherine Harrop/CBC)

Traffic on both sides of the border was disrupted, and the crossing remained closed until 10 p.m. 

Roy and the second man were taken into custody by U.S. border agents and the vehicle they were driving was seized.

Highway crews put up detour signs, directing traffic to St. Stephen. (Catherine Harrop/CBC)

The U.S Border Patrol has said the men could also be charged in the U.S.  

With files from Elizabeth Fraser