A French teen says she was on a run in Canada when she unknowingly crossed into the US and was detained by border patrol officers.
Cedella Roman, 19, said she was jogging May 21 along a beach south of White Rock in British Columbia when she accidentally crossed the border, CBC news reported.
Roman, who was visiting her mother, claimed she didn’t see any signage that indicated that she entered another country.
Two US Border Patrol officers reportedly apprehended her before she realized her mistake.
“An officer stopped me and started telling me I had crossed the border illegally,” Roman told CBC News. “I told him I had not done it on purpose, and that I didn’t understand what was happening.”
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With no government-issued ID on her, Roman was detained and sent to the Tacoma Northwest Detention Center, where she remained for more than two weeks.
“They put me in the caged vehicles and brought me into their facility. They asked me to remove all my personal belongings with my jewelry,” Roman said. “They searched me everywhere.”
She wasn’t set free until June 6 after US and Canadian authorities agreed she should be released to her mother.
“It was just unfair that there was nothing, no sign at the border,” said her mother, Christiane Ferne. “It’s like a trap… anybody can be caught at the border like this.”
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