Magog police arrest lost, illegal immigrants
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.