Regina woman charged with human smuggling after 9 foreign nationals intercepted at Canada-U.S. border
A Regina woman is facing charges after a four-month investigation into human smuggling.
On Friday, RCMP stopped nine foreign nationals on the Canadian border between the North Portal, N.D., and Northgate ports of entry.
The next day, police arrested Michelle Omoruyi, 43, in Regina. She has been charged with one count of human smuggling under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, and one count of conspiracy to commit human smuggling.
The nine people weren’t harmed, and were all taken into custody by the Canada Border Services Agency.
Several people in the United States were also arrested in connection with the investigation. Their names have not been released.
RCMP said a significant amount of cash was seized from a house connected to Omoruyi.
Few refugee crossings in Saskatchewan
Droves of asylum seekers have been making their way north into Canada from the U.S. in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as president.
The border town of Emerson, Man., has seen many asylum seekers walk across the border, as the province provides legal help to refugees.
Saskatchewan is one of four provinces that does not provide legal help. Anyone claiming refugee status in the province has to pay out of pocket.