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American authorities want the extradition of an alleged smuggler living in Quebec

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The Canada-United States border has become a hub for illegal migration. (Archive photo)

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New York State authorities request ;#x27;extradition of a Colombian living in Quebec, who was accused of human trafficking in connection with the death of a migrant who tried to cross illegally from Canada to the United States last December.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of New York has charged Jhader Aguusto Uribe-Tobar, 35, with three counts of human trafficking in connection with the death of&#x27 ;Ana Karen Vasquez-Flores.

Ms. Vasquez-Flores, aged 33, who was pregnant, was found in the Great Chazy River near Champlain on December 14. Two days earlier, her husband had alerted a U.S. Border Patrol agent that she had not come out of the woods as planned.

US authorities say Jhader Aguusto Uribe-Tobar advertised his services on TikTok, under a pseudonym, and charged the woman and her husband $2,500 to guide her by text message as she crossed the border alone.

Court documents filed by New York authorities with Quebec Superior Court allege that her husband, Miguel Mojarro-Magna, contacted the TikTok account and was told that the trip to the United States, which included crossing the waterway, could take up to three hours.

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During the exchange of messages on the social network, Mr. Mojarro-Magna was allegedly told that Ms. Vasquez-Flores would be directed to the border with her cell phone, and also that he would not x27;not using a guide, that he was working in another way.

In response to the extradition request, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) arrested Mr. Uribe-Tobar at his home in Saint-Hyacinthe, Montérégie, at the end of December. He appeared at the Montreal courthouse on December 28 and is expected to return to court on January 12.

La GRC referred all questions about the case to US authorities.

Court records indicate Uribe-Tobar was arrested by RCMP in September near the U.S. border with four Mexican nationals, but was released. The four Mexicans were arrested after crossing the border the next day.

US authorities noted an increase in the number of people crossing into Canada illegally, particularly Mexican nationals who find it an easier way to enter the country than crossing the border between Mexico and the United States.

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Illegal migrants crossing the Canada-United States border (Archive photo)

At the In mid-December, the week that U.S. Border Patrol agents found Ms. Vasquez-Flores' body, they also rescued two other people in the woods who had entered the country from Canada.

Most migrants who attempt to make the journey on foot are unprepared for the cold, police say. Last year, several migrants died trying to reach the United States.

You don't You can't walk through the north woods in tennis shoes and hope for the best, Maj. Nicholas Leon of the Clinton County, N.Y., sheriff's office said Friday.

In January 2023, Fritznel Richard, 44, a Haitian, was found frozen to death in a wooded area near Saint- Bernard-de-Lacolle, in Quebec. Police said he was trying to cross the border into the United States. He probably died of hypothermia and his friends said he had been unable to obtain a work permit in Canada and wanted to reunite with his wife in the United States. Unis.

At the end of February, José Leos Cervantes, 45, from Aguascalientes, Mexico, collapsed and died shortly after crossing the US border from Quebec on foot.

Mohawk police in Akwesasne are still investigating the drowning of eight people, including two children under the age of three, whose bodies were pulled from the St. Lawrence River in March. The migrants – an Indian family of four and a Romanian family of four – were attempting to illegally enter the United States from Canada.

Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116