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U.S. citizen allegedly attempts to smuggle four people into country on jet ski

Blue Water Bridge in Sarnia Blue Water Bridge in Sarnia

A United States citizen is facing charges after allegedly smuggling four people across the St. Clair River from Canada into the U.S. on a jet ski.

A news release from U.S. Customers and Border Protection (CBP) said air and marine operation agents flying near the Blue Water Bridge in Sarnia, Ont. saw a jet skit with three people leave from Canada and cross the border.

The jet ski landed near Port Huron where two people got off the jet ski and started walking down the road as the jet ski made its way back to Canada.

Border patrol agents monitored the situation and saw the two people get into a vehicle which was then stopped by Marysville Station Border Patrol agents. The driver, a 39-year-old from the U.S. and two passengers, 34 and 35-year-old men from Brazil who both admitted to crossing into the country illegally were taken to the Maryville station for processing.

CBP officials say a short time later, the border patrol marine unit saw a jet ski matching the description of the one used to smuggle in the two men. It was confirmed to be the same jet ski and that it was on the same course as the previous smuggling load.

Agents again saw two people get off the jet ski and walk inland. Border patrol agents made contact with the pair and confirmed they were also Brazilian nationals. The duo, a 44-year-old woman and 47-year-old man, also admitted to crossing the border illegally.

Officials say during processing it was confirmed all non-U.S. citizens did not have legal status to be in the U.S.

“I could not be prouder of the men and women of Detroit Sector,” said Chief patrol agent Robert Danley. “These criminals made their brazen attempt on a busy weekend without regard, or fear of our law-abiding community. While our strong U.S. and Canadian law enforcement partnerships facilitated a quick resolution, it cannot overshadow the role the community can play in our success. We continue to encourage the community to provide tips on suspicious activity.”

Agents say two additional people have been arrested thanks to coordination from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The investigation is ongoing.

The driver of the pickup vehicle has been charged with unlawful transportation in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. The four Brazilian subjects have also been referred for the prosecution of illegal entry into the U.S. Top Stories

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