Windsor Man Going to Prison in the U.S.

A cab driver from Windsor has been sentenced to 16 months in a U.S. prison for sending immigrants through a risky international tunnel under the Detroit River.

Juan Garcia-Jimenez cried and apologized Monday in federal court in Detroit.

Besides prison, he was fined $8,680, the same amount of money paid by nine people who were caught in August of 2018 when they emerged on foot on the Detroit side of the Windsor-Detroit rail tunnel.

The U.S. Attorney's Office says Garcia-Jimenez was arrested by American border patrol agents and faces multiple charges related to smuggling aliens.

The complaint said the people who were smuggled were farm workers in Leamington.

The 2.5-kilometre long tunnel is used by cargo trains moving between Ontario and Michigan.

U.S. Prosecutor Susan Fairchild says it's extremely risky, as the walkway in the tunnel is only 43.1 centimetres wide.

Garcia-Jimenez is a 53-year-old Canadian citizen and native of Guatemala.

 

With files from the Canadian Press