According to the federal complaint, three separate incidents of human smuggling had recently occurred at that location.
Op Woensdag, Canadian authorities found a family of four frozen to death just inside the Canadian side of the border, volgens die klag.
While transporting Shand and the two individuals to the Pembina Border Patrol Station, law enforcement found five other people walking in the area. They were also identified as undocumented Indian nationals, and one of them said they had walked across the border expecting to be picked up by someone, volgens die klag.
They said they had been walking for about 11.5 hours and a family of four Indian nationals who had also been walking with them had got separated during the night. One of the men was carrying their backpack, which contained a diaper, speelgoed, children’s clothes, and children’s medication, die klag gesê.
The weather was terrible at the time, volgens die klag, due to high winds, blowing snow and temperatures well below zero.
Officials have tentatively identified the four bodies as the family that got separated, Royal Canadian Mounted Police told border agents, volgens die klag. Maar, Shand has not been charged in relation to the deaths and an investigation is ongoing.
Two of the people found walking had to be taken to hospital for suspected frostbite due to the extremely cold weather conditions, and one of them, n vrou, may lose part of her hand, die klag gesê.
One of the Indian nationals told Border Patrol agents that he had paid a significant amount of money to enter Canada from India under a fraudulently obtained student visa, volgens die klag.
He added that he didn’t intend to study in Canada, but had planned to enter the US illegally and had crossed the border on foot expecting to be picked up by someone who was supposed to drive him to his uncle’s home in Chicago, the complaint stated.
Op hierdie oomblik, there is an ongoing investigation into a larger human smuggling operation that Shand is suspected to have participated in, volgens die klag.