Columbian-American lady too helpful
A37 year old American-Colombian woman was rather embarrassed last week, when she was asked a few questions by custom officers. A primary search of her car got the officers suspicious about her being here. They actually found several things: suitcases, clothing and a child car seat that could not very well belong to just one person. Further questioning led the officers to a Stanstead service station where she had dropped off a Colombian family: husband, wife and a three year old baby. These people knew the ‘score’; they immediately applied for a refugee status, which is automatically but temporarily granted until their application is studied in Ottawa. The Colombian family was then taken care of while the woman who had brought them across was sent to Talbot jail.
Represented by legal aid lawyer Philippe Gilbert, Sandra Milena Londono Ricon, who lives in Buffalo, New York, pleaded guilty to the charge of having helped fellow Colombians get across the border without following the legal rules. Judge Hélène Fabi took under consideration the fact that she had been in custody for three days and sentenced her to 27 days in jail. This suggestion came from lawyer Gilbert.