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Border Patrol arrests Canadian citizen accused of smuggling illegal immigrants across the border

February 23, 2017 GMT

U.S. Border Patrol agents based in Oroville arrested a Canadian citizen earlier this month who is accused of smuggling five illegal immigrants from India into the country.

The five crossed the border near Molson, Washington, on Feb. 8 and were picked up in a van driven by Canadian Mohammed Khan, said James Frackelton, spokesman for the Border Patrol Spokane Sector. They were found on 9 Mile Road, which runs close to the border.

Khan had crossed into the U.S. the day before, telling border agents that he was coming to the country to visit residents, Frackelton said. “He lied to come in, essentially,” he said.

Typically illegal immigrants cross the border on foot and meet with someone at a pre-arranged location who drives them into the country, said Frackelton, who noted that Tonasket is a long walk from the border.

Detaining large groups of illegal immigrants near the U.S./Canadian border in that area isn’t very common, Frackelton said.

“We do pretty much catch mostly dope,” he said. “We do catch folks, but this is a significant group.”

The five illegals will appear before an immigration judge who will determine if they can stay in the United States.

Khan is being charged with alien smuggling and will be deported as a felon if he is convicted, Frackelton said.