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Published November 22, 2013, 02:47 PM

Another man arrested in people smuggling operation

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — An investigation into people smuggling that began last spring when federal authorities thwarted an illegal entry in a remote part of northwestern North Dakota has resulted in another indictment, this time by Canadian authorities.

By: DAVE KOLPACK, Associated Press, Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — An investigation into people smuggling that began last spring when federal authorities thwarted an illegal entry in a remote part of northwestern North Dakota has resulted in another indictment, this time by Canadian authorities.

Royal Canadian Mounted Police officials say they have charged Jose Maria Gonzales-Vasquez with conspiring along with Darwin Cantarero-Sanchez to help eight people illegally cross the border near Sherwood in April.

Cantatero-Sanchez pleaded guilty in May to conspiracy to transport illegal aliens and improper entry by an alien. He was sentenced to a year in prison.

Authorities say the "smuggler for hire" operation was based out of Montreal.

U.S. Attorney Timothy Purdon says the charges by prosecutors on both sides of the border are the result of "tremendous cooperation" between law enforcement agencies in the two countries.

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