Ma­gog po­lice ar­rest lost, il­le­gal im­mi­grants

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Ber­trand Gos­selin Sher­brooke Court­house

Last Thurs­day, at 4h30 in the morn­ing, two men seem­ingly lost stopped at the Mac­Don­ald’s Restau­rant in Ma­gog. In bro­ken English, they asked one em­ployee how to get to Toronto. A lit­tle em­bar­rassed and sur­prised by the ques­tion, the young woman tried in the best way she could to help them out. It hap­pened that two Ma­gog po­lice­men were in the restau­rant at that time. Im­me­di­ately af­ter the two strangers left, the em­ployee re­ported to the po­lice the short con­ver­sa­tion that she had just had with the two men. The po­lice­men took off and tracked down the strangers’ car that bore a New York state plate and in­ter­cepted it on Archevêque Street in Ma­gog. There were four peo­ple in the car; only the driver spoke English with an ac­cent while the three oth­ers spoke Span­ish. The po­lice­men then smelt some­thing fishy in their attitude and called the RCMP and the Im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cers in Stanstead. It seemed ob­vi­ous that these peo­ple had taken an il­le­gal road to come across the bor­der.

The two peo­ple in the back of the car, two Mex­i­cans, did ex­actly what they knew they had to do : ask for refugee sta­tus. The driver and his friend were ar­rested. On Thurs­day af­ter­noon, Gus­tavo Calle­jas and Jonathan Ruiz Gon­za­lez ap­peared in front of Judge Con­rad Chapde­laine and pleaded not guilty to the charge of hav­ing helped two im­mi­grants en­ter il­le­gally into Canada. Lawyer Thomas Walsh and lawyer Caro­line St-An­dré, who re­spec­tively rep­re­sent Calle­jas and Gon­za­lez, have fixed the bail hear­ing for Wed­nes­day.

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