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Judge sends Canadian to US prison for risky tunnel scheme

Judge sends Canadian to US prison for risky tunnel scheme

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A Canadian cab driver has been sentenced to 16 months in a U.S. jail for sending determined immigrants via a dangerous worldwide tunnel beneath the Detroit River.

Juan Garcia-Jimenez wept and apologized Monday in federal court docket in Detroit. In addition to jail, he was fined $eight,680, the amount of cash paid by 9 individuals who have been caught final yr after they emerged on foot on the Detroit facet of a railroad tunnel.

The 1.6-mile (2.5-kilometer) tunnel is utilized by cargo trains shifting between Ontario, Canada, and the U.S. Prosecutor Susan Fairchild says it is extraordinarily dangerous: The walkway within the tunnel is just 17 inches (43.1 centimeters) vast.

Garcia-Jimenez is a 53-year-old Canadian citizen and native of Guatemala. He would drop individuals off on the tunnel entrance, then drive away.

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