A Florida man has been charged with human trafficking after four people were found dead in Canada this week, according to the U.S. government.
According to the U.S. Minnesota District Attorney’s Office, seven more people identified as Indian nationals were stopped by U.S. border trolls in North Dakota, near Minnesota, after they crossed into the U.S. illegally.
Steve Shand, 47, of Florida, was charged Thursday with human trafficking. Four bodies of Indian citizens, including a teenager and a baby, were found after a snowstorm in Manitoba on Wednesday. Canadian officials believe they may be the family of those who died as a result of the exposure and are members of the rest of the group.
“It’s an absolute and heartbreaking tragedy,” Jane McLaughlin, assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Police, told a news conference. CBC.
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According to Acesparks 9 in Minneapolis, they were about 40 feet from the U.S.-Canada border.
“The investigation into the deaths of four people in Canada continues along with the investigation into the smuggling of an older man suspected of being Shand RT,” John Stanley, a special agent for internal security investigations, said in court documents. .
Two of the survivors were hospitalized with serious injuries. Acesparks 9 reported. Court documents say a woman must have her arm amputated completely.
MacLatch said the four were left alone to move in “endless fields, huge avalanches and complete darkness” in the cold weather.
Maklatchi told reporters that when he was stopped in North Dakota, it was reported that the Mounties family could still be in Manitoba after it was discovered that one of the survivors had baby food behind them.
Officials in both countries say it is common to see crossings from the United States to Canada.