Man accused of trying to smuggle people into USA man is accused of spearheading an operation to smuggle people into the United States at the border of North Dakota and Canada.
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A man is accused of spearheading an operation to smuggle people into the United States at the border of North Dakota and Canada.
Darwin Catarero-Sanchez is charged in federal court with bringing people into the country illegally and harboring them. He has not been asked to enter a plea.
Court documents show that Catarero-Sanchez and seven other people were arrested about 1:30 a.m. on April 6 after they were found walking along a highway near Sherwood.
Catarero-Sanchez allegedly arranged transportation for the group from Montreal. Witnesses say he agreed to smuggle one person into the U.S. for $2,000 and another for $1,500.
U.S. Border Patrol agents detained a total of 11 people in the case. Three people are charged with illegal entry.
Authorities say the investigation is ongoing.
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