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Canadian Man Gets Jail Time For 'Alien Smuggling' Under Detroit River

April 15, 2019 - 4:38 pm
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(WWJ) A Windsor man accused of running a human smuggling ring beneath the Detroit River has learned his sentence.

Juan Antonio Garcia-Jimenez, a naturalized Canadian resident from Guatemala, has been ordered to spend 16 months in jail, pay fines of more than $9,000 $8,680 and serve one year of supervised release for cimes last summer. 

According to U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider, an investigation by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police led to Garcia-Jimenez's arrest in August, 2018.

Schneider said investigators found that Garcia-Jimenez, between July 30, 2018 and August 25, 2018, smuggled six aliens into the United States by instructing them when and where to enter into the underground railway tunnel late at night to avoid the trains, which carry cargo back and forth from Canada, and then walk the narrow walkway 1.6 miles. 

Border Patrol agents arrested each of the aliens, who'd paid Garcia-Jimenez $1,500 each to be taken to the train tunnel, as they exited into the U.S.

Authorities note that not only is "alien smuggling" though this train tunnel unlawful, it can be incredibly dangerous.

“Today’s sentencing is the direct result of a whole of government approach to border security,” said U.S. Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison. “The teamwork demonstrated in this case should be commended for their actions to arrest and prosecute Garcia-Jimenez who disregarded the safety of six aliens for financial gain.”

The illegal immigrants were charged with illegal entry and sent back to Canada.