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A 30-year-old man has been arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for transporting illegal immigrants to Manitoba.


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A 30-year-old man has been arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) for transporting illegal immigrants to Manitoba.

On the night of February 22 around 2 a.m., RCMP conducted a traffic stop on McGillivray Boulevard in the City of Winnipeg.

Inside a stopped vehicle were eight people between the ages of 25 and 36. Seven were from the Republic of Chad, and one was from the Republic of Mali.

The 30-year-old driver, from Winnipeg, was arrested for human smuggling under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, was remanded into custody and appeared in court in Winnipeg on February 23, says a press release from the federal police.

The eight illegal immigrants were also arrested under the Customs Act and transported at an immigration support center in Winnipeg, adds the press release.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman David Marcus says agents working on the U.S. side discovered footprints in the snow near the border the same morning the group was apprehended in Winnipeg.

These prints were discovered shortly after 7 a.m. Friday and appear to have been made by a group of six to eight people, specifies Mr. Marcus.

They followed [the footprints] and they led in Canada, he says. Given the time frame in which the RCMP arrested the group and the time frame in which our officers found the footprints, it is possible that these are the same group.

Sgt. Paul Manaigre, a spokesperson for the Manitoba RCMP, said Friday that he could not specify the point of entry of foreign nationals into the province or the duration of their stay in Canada.

This is the second time in few weeks since the RCMP arrested illegal immigrants in Manitoba from Chad, a French-speaking country in Africa.

In January, seven Chadians had already been intercepted by federal police, and a Calgary man had been arrested for having smuggled illegal immigrants into Manitoba.

The group was arrested near Dominion City, in southern Manitoba, after RCMP received a report from the United States Border Patrol of a group of people walking north along a railroad track toward the Canadian border near Emerson.

Last December, another group of men from Chad were found in Emerson after illegally crossed the Manitoba border, according to the RCMP. One was hospitalized with serious weather-related injuries.

In January 2022, a family of four from India died while attempting to cross the border into the United States near Emerson.

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