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Smuggling of Romanian Nationals at the Canada-U.S. Border: 3 Individuals Arrested

Montréal, July 3, 2013 - Three individuals were arrested yesterday for their involvement in the smuggling of five Romanian nationals from Canada to the United States. They are scheduled to appear in court in Montréal today, each facing two counts of organizing entry under Section 117(1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and conspiracy of organizing entry under Section 465.(1)(3) of the Criminal Code.

The accused in this case are Heather Laughing, 40, and Abraham Joseph Thompson, 39, from Cornwall as well as Traian Dumitru, 30, from Montréal. Other individuals could also be charged in this case.

The investigation revealed that the accused organized the smuggling of two adults and three children of Romanian origin who were subject to a removal order. The smuggling allegedly occurred on April 18, 2012 from the Akwesasne Reserve in Quebec. The investigation continues to determine the possible involvement of a criminal organization with international contacts.
 
This investigation, part of Project COMBATIVE, was led by the officers of the RCMP Immigration and Passport Section in partnership with members of the RCMP Cornwall Detachment, Canada Border Services Agency, United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of New York, Homeland Security Department, US Border Patrol and the Massena Border Enforcement Security Task Force.

Fighting Illegal Smuggling

The RCMP Immigration and Passport Section is responsible for detecting and interdicting criminal activity in relation to human smuggling, international human trafficking, immigration/citizenship fraud, and forgery and use of false travel documents.

The RCMP will continue to work closely with its domestic and international partners to dismantle criminal organizations that facilitate the illegal entry of individuals into Canada. By disrupting criminal activities at the border, the RCMP contributes to the safety of the public.

Appeal to the public

You have information on illicit activities by individuals or groups involving illegal immigration? Contact the RCMP investigators at 1-800- 771-5401.

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For information:

Royal Canadian Mounted Police
Communications Office
514 939-8308

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