A man from Mexico and another from Guatemala tried to smuggle five Romanians into the United States from Canada along a remote stretch of the border in Vermont, American federal prosecutors said Monday.
U.S. Border Patrol agents were alerted Friday night that a group of people had been spotted entering the United States in Canaan, Vermont, thechronicleherald.ca informs.
Agents said six people — the Mexican citizen and five Romanians — they found hiding in the snow and brush admitted they had entered the U.S. illegally.
The Mexican man told agents he had permission to live in Canada, but had been asked by people in Montreal to smuggle the Romanians into the United States. The group was dropped off near tbhe border earlier Friday.
The Romanians were supposed to pay the man who brought them across the border and he was supposed to give that money to the people in Montreal who had recruited him. At around the same time, the agents arrested a Guatemalan who said he was being paid $1,000 to drive the Romanians to Rhode Island.
Prosecutors asked a judge to detain three of the Romanians as material witnesses.