Sask. woman charged in human smuggling incident at border

By CJME News Staff
April 19, 2017 - 1:22pm

A Regina woman has been charged with human smuggling after nine people were intercepted while crossing into Canada.

The arrest was made as a part of Project FADDUCE. The on-going project started four months ago, involving the RCMP integrated border enforcement team, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and U.S. border agencies.

On April 14, nine people were caught between the North Portal and Northgate entry points trying to cross the border into Canada.

At a news conference Wednesday, RCMP and CBSA wouldn't release details about the identities of the individuals seeking refugee status, citing privacy.

The nine individuals were not injured and were transferred into CBSA custody.

A 43-year-old woman was arrested in relation to the incident at the scene.

While this was unfolding, United States Border Patrol Grand Forks Sector arrested several people in relation to this investigation.

On April 15, RCMP, assisted by the CBSA and Regina Police Service, conducted a search warrant on a home in Regina. Evidence and a significant amount of cash was seized from the home.

Michelle Omoruyi has been charged with human smuggling and conspiracy to commit human smuggling.

She will make her first court appearance in Estevan on May 15.


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