According to the federal complaint, three separate incidents of human smuggling had recently occurred at that location.
수요일에, Canadian authorities found a family of four frozen to death just inside the Canadian side of the border, 불만에 따르면.
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, 불만에 따르면.
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, toys, children’s clothes, and children’s medication, the complaint said.
The weather was terrible at the time, 불만에 따르면, 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, 불만에 따르면. 그러나, 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, a woman, may lose part of her hand, the complaint said.
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, 불만에 따르면.
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.
이때, there is an ongoing investigation into a larger human smuggling operation that Shand is suspected to have participated in, 불만에 따르면.