Amer­i­can tries to bring Mex­i­cans into coun­try

Stanstead Journal - - FROM PAGE ONE - Ber­trand Gos­selin Sher­brooke Court­house

A28year-old Amer­i­can born in Colom­bia, Gus­tavo Calle­jas, pleaded guilty last week to a charge of help­ing some­one to il­le­gally cross the Cana­dian bor­der via an un­su­per­vised road. His lawyer, Thomas Walsh, had dis­cussed the mat­ter over with the fed­eral at­tor­ney, Myr­iam Lachance, and they both came to the con­clu­sion that, con­sid­er­ing the few days he had al­ready spent de­tained, a 30 day sen­tence was ap­pro­pri­ate. Judge Serge Boisvert agreed to the sug­ges­tion. When Calle­jas took his place in the box with his two guards, he rapidly made three signs of the cross, touch­ing his fore­head, his chest, his left and right shoul­der. His fel­low coun­try­man who was rid­ing in the front seat with him when ar­rested by the Ma­gog po­lice, Jonathan Gon­za­lez Ruiz, got away with a one day de­ten­tion, as sug­gested by his young lawyer, Caro­line St-An­dré.

Calle­jas told an im­mi­gra­tion of­fi­cer that the two Mex­i­cans, who were rid­ing in the back seat of his car when ar­rested in Ma­gog at 4h30 in the morn­ing, were sup­posed to pay him $3,000 for bring­ing them into Canada. He was only given $2,000. The two Mex­i­can men have asked for their refugee sta­tus and are wait­ing for an ap­proval or a dis­ap­proval. Af­ter com­ing across a lit­tle over a week ago, Calle­jas stopped at the Mac­Don­ald’s in Ma­gog to get in­for­ma­tion as to whethre there was a bus that went from Ma­gog to Toronto. A lo­cal cus­tomer, who heard the con­ver­sa­tion, im­me­di­ately no­ti­fied the Ma­gog po­lice. Calle­jas and his three pas­sen­gers were in­ter­cepted on Archevêque Street in Ma­gog and the rest is now his­tory.

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