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Published April 09, 2013, 11:08 AM

Man accused of trying to smuggle people into US through North Dakota

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A man is accused of spearheading an operation to smuggle people into the United States at the border of North Dakota and Canada.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A man is accused of spearheading an operation to smuggle people into the United States at the border of North Dakota and Canada.

Darwin Catarero-Sanchez is charged in federal court with bringing people into the country illegally and harboring them. He has not been asked to enter a plea.

Court documents show that Catarero-Sanchez and seven other people were arrested about 1:30 a.m. on April 6 after they were found walking along a highway near Sherwood.

Catarero-Sanchez allegedly arranged transportation for the group from Montreal. Witnesses say he agreed to smuggle one person into the U.S. for $2,000 and another for $1,500.

U.S. Border Patrol agents detained a total of 11 people in the case. Three people are charged with illegal entry.

Authorities say the investigation is ongoing.

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