human smuggling ring
Date: Wednesday, February 15 2006
17 arrested in alleged human smuggling ring
Feb. 15 2006
CTV.ca News Staff
Authorities in Canada and the U.S. arrested 17 people in an alleged cross-border human smuggling ring on Tuesday.
The arrests were made during early morning raids in Toronto, Windsor, Detroit and New York City, police said.
Eleven of the arrested are facing charges in Canada.
Ten of the accused are from Windsor, Ont. and one man is from Etobicoke, Ont.
Maitham Alzehrani, 33, of Windsor, was named in the indictment as a person directing the smuggling, and faces charges in both countries. Three others also face charges in both countries.
There are 16 people charged in the U.S. They are from Detroit, New York, Albion and Vicksburg, Mich. and Rockford, Ill.
Authorities say that when they complete their arrests, 23 individuals will be charged.
The arrests mark the culmination of a two-year investigation into human trafficking that saw more than 100 people arrested while attempting to cross the border.