A Washington state man is awaiting trial after being accused of helping smuggle seven people across the US – Canada border.
Robert Boule – who owns the Smuggler’s Inn bed and breakfast in the US border town of Blaine – is set to be tried in Canada, after he was charged by that country’s government with 21 counts relating to human smuggling.
According to a report published in the Global News on Friday, the 70-year-old innkeeper allegedly charged each of the seven illegal immigrants up to US$700 ‘for directions to a nearby gas station’.
That gas station was technically located north of the border in the Canadian jurisdiction of British Columbia.
The alleged offences occurred between May 2018 and March 2019, and the seven immigrants originally hailed from Afghanistan and Syria.
It is unclear whether they still remain at large in Canada.
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