CBSA charged two men after 11 foreign nationals were found in a truck at the Ambassador
October 3, 2017 - Windsor - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today
that two commercial truck drivers were charged, under the Immigration and Refugee
Protection Act (IRPA), after 11 foreign nationals were found inside their truck.
On September 21, 2017, a driver and co-driver, both residents of Quebec, were returning
to Canada at the Ambassador Bridge with a load of produce when they were referred
to secondary to verify their declaration. The men were away for one week and had
nothing to declare other than the commercial shipment. During the examination of
the truck, border services officers discovered 11 foreign nationals hiding behind
a curtain in the sleeper area of the truck. The foreign nationals were subsequently
refused entry to Canada and returned to the United States.
The drivers, Paul Ngoue-Ngameleu, 42, and Henadez Makia Mbeh, 50, were charged by
the CBSA under IRPA with 23 charges each including:
- 11 counts of counselling;
- 11 counts of misrepresentation and withholding material facts; and
- One count of impeding an officer.
Ngoue-Ngameleu and Makia Mbeh were both released on bail and are scheduled to appear
in the Ontario Court of Justice in Windsor on October 23, 2017.
"CBSA officers are highly trained in interrogation, examination and investigative
techniques. This successful interception displays their ability to determine when
a secondary examination is required and their commitment to ensuring that our borders
are not used for illegal activity." Rick Comerford, Regional Director General, Southern
Ontario Region, CBSA
- Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity is encouraged to
call the CBSA Border Watch toll-free line at 1-888-502-9060.