Cana­dian man sen­tenced to six months for hu­man smug­gling ring

Cape Breton Post - - Canada -

FARGO, N.D. — A U.S. fed­eral court has sen­tenced a Cana­dian man to six months in prison for his part in a hu­man smug­gling op­er­a­tion. Vic­tory Omoruyi pleaded guilty in May to trans­port of il­le­gal alien. Au­thor­i­ties say he helped move nine Nige­rian cit­i­zens and asy­lum seek­ers to the Cana­dian bor­der from North Dakota on April 14. Omoruyi’s at­tor­ney, David Dusek, asked for a sen­tence of time served. U.S. Dis­trict Judge Ralph Erick­son said dur­ing Wed­nes­day’s sen­tenc­ing hear­ing in Fargo that Omoruyi de­serves prison time be­cause it was a for-profit scheme to un­law­fully move peo­ple across the bor­der. Af­ter sen­tenc­ing, Dusek said he tried to get Omoruyi a lighter sen­tence so he could re­turn to Canada. Dusek had no fur­ther com­ment. Omoruyi’s wife, Michelle Omoruyi, is fac­ing hu­man smug­gling charges in Canada.

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