1/18 Detroit: Man Charged With Smuggling People in Tunnel
- Man Charged With Smuggling People in Tunnel
.c The Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) - Border agents have arrested a man they say was trying to
smuggle 17 Chinese citizens and an Albanian into the United States through an
underwater train tunnel that links Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit.
A federal grand jury last week indicted Wissam Abudayyeh, a Palestinian man
in his 20s and a legal resident of Canada, on alien smuggling charges.
Abudayyeh was to be paid $400 per person, according to immigration officials.
Defense lawyer Karen Davis Roberts said Abudayyeh ``is innocent until proven
guilty and deserves every right afforded under the Constitution.''
Authorities say the illegal immigrants boarded a Norfolk Southern engine in
Windsor before dawn Jan. 5 and were caught by U.S. agents during an
inspection after the train reached Detroit.
Abudayyeh was ordered held without bond until his trial. The 18 immigrants
were being held as material witnesses.
On Aug. 18, authorities caught 22 Chinese nationals and one Pakistani who
apparently crossed the border aboard a train from Canada.
01/18/05 06:09 EST
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