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Human smuggling puts Akwesasne community at risk, officials say – CBC

Jan 14, 2022

13 people recently detained after illegal attempt to cross into the U.S. near Quebec-Ontario border

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police say instances of human smuggling near the Ontario-Quebec border have increased in recent months and people illegally attempting to cross into the U.S. have put community members at risk.

Last week, the police service’s marine unit detained 13 people while patrolling the St. Regis River, also known as Kana:takon, across the Quebec border. All were trying to enter the United States.

Police said the group was seen getting off a boat with their luggage on a shoreline near the American border. Everyone attempted to run from police, but officers say they were able to arrest the people on land and hand them over to Canada’s immigration department, but continue to search for the boat operator.

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