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    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
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      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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