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Officials report breaking human smuggling ring

February 15, 2006

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— A smuggling ring that sometimes forced migrants to hang on the sides of freight trains or be stuffed in car trunks to get across the Canadian-U.S. border was broken Tuesday with the arrests of 17 people, U.S. and Canadian authorities said.

U.S. authorities said they intercepted 74 illegal immigrants - mostly from Asian and Eastern European countries - who were being smuggled into the United States from Canada. Canadian officials said 24 migrants were stopped going into their country.

The migrants face deportation. Most were trying to get from Toronto to New York City, officials said.

The smuggling arrests resulted from a two-year investigation by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Canada Border Services Agency.

A total of 23 people have been charged, and authorities said they expected to make more arrests.

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