A 50-year-old man from Baker Brook, New Brunswick, who allegedly helped a woman cross the border illegally into Aroostook County, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit human smuggling.

Piotr Adamowicz

RCMP say the charge stems from an incident in July 2016, when authorities were made aware that a 46-year-old woman had entered the U.S. illegally by crossing the Saint John River with a paddle boat. The woman, an Ecuadorean national, was apprehended by U.S. authorities in Van Buren, Maine, shortly after the crossing. She remains in the United States.

On July 28, 2016 the RCMP arrested two men, a 67-year-old from Edmundston and a 50-year-old from Baker Brook. Both men were later charged with conspiracy to commit human smuggling.

The men appeared in Edmundston Provincial Court on Thursday. Richard Cyr of Baker Brook pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined $4,000 plus a $1,200 surcharge.

The charge against the other man was withdrawn.