December 14, 2018 at 6:21 pm | Daily Inter Lake

An illegal alien admitted Dec. 11 in federal court to being in the United States illegally after Glacier National Park personnel found him Sept. 24 walking while on patrol, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.

Luis Alejandro Lopez-Solis, 36, of Mexico, pleaded guilty to illegal re-entry, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the district of Montana.

Sentencing is set for Feb. 21, 2019. Lopez-Solis is detained. He faces a maximum 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

While on routine patrol of the Goat Haunt area of Glacier National Park, park personnel told St. Mary Border Patrol agents of a suspicious person walking south from the Goat Haunt Ranger Station area. Border Patrol agents searched for the person and later identified Lopez-Solis.

Agents found him talking to a park law enforcement ranger on a trail south of the ranger station. Lopez-Solis was taken to the ranger station for an interview. Lopez-Solis, who was in wet clothing and shivering, said he had fallen into a nearby creek while trying to cross it.

Agents arrested Lopez-Solis and flew him by helicopter from the ranger station to the St. Mary Border Patrol Station for further investigation. He confirmed he was a citizen of Mexico.

Lopez-Solis told agents he left Mexico Sept. 21 and arrived the same day in Canada. There, he rented a car and traveled to Waterton, Alberta, where on Sept. 24 he started walking south, crossing into the United States, until he was found by the National Park Service rangers. He said his plan was to follow the National Park System trail system to Chief Mountain, where his girlfriend was going to pick him up.

Lopez-Solis was deported in May 2017 after conviction on passport fraud. He did not have permission to re-enter the U.S.