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Jogger detained for 2 weeks for accidentally crossing U.S.-Canada border

A 19-year-old jogger from France says she was detained by border agents after she accidentally crossed the border from Canada into the U.S.

CBC News reported that Cedella Roman was jogging along the beach south of White Rock, British Columbia, on May 21. Roman was in Canada to visit her mother who lives in North Delta, B.C.

When she turned around to head back, she was apprehended by two U.S. Border Patrol officers for crossing illegally into Blaine, Wash.

"An officer stopped me and started telling me I had crossed the border illegally," she told CBC News. "I told him I had not done it on purpose, and that I didn't understand what was happening."

Roman said she didn’t see any signs warning that she was crossing into the U.S.

The officers transported her to Homeland Security’s Tacoma Northwest Detention Center, where she stayed until June 6.

Roman's mother drove down from Canada to the center to show officials Roman's papers and to confirm she was allowed back across the border.

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