U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested a Canadian Wednesday for allegedly smuggling illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Canada border through a train tunnel.
Juan Antonio Garcia-Jimenez, 53, was a naturalized Canadian citizen originating from Guatemala, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office Eastern District of Michigan’s press release.
Garcia-Jimenez allegedly charged each person $1,500 for being driven through the tunnel. He would then tell the illegal immigrants how not to get caught and how to avoid trains that carried cargo from Windsor, Canada, to Detroit. (RELATED: Northern Border Faces Growing Concerns Over Illegal Immigration And Smuggling)
“Smuggling individuals through the train tunnel is one of the most dangerous methods I have seen in my career and I could not be more proud of the agents and officers who worked on identifying this individual and finally catching him,” said Detroit Sector Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison in the release.
Illegal immigrants following Garcia-Jimenez’s lead were caught as early as March, the Detroit Free Press reported. A total of seven were arrested by Border Patrol agents.
Two illegal immigrants arrested July 14 and two more who were arrested July 30 identified Garcia-Jimenez as the smuggler, according to the statement.
A judge will decide Friday whether Garcia-Jimenez will get to leave on bond.
This would not be the first instance a tunnel was used for smuggling purposes. An abandoned Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in Arizona was linked to a home in Mexico and the tunnel was used to smuggle drugs, The Associated Press reported Aug. 23.
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