Fargo, North Dakota (AP) —A Florida man arrested for trafficking on Monday after four people were killed in a Canadian snowstorm and seven more migrants were found alive near the United States. He was released from prison without paying a detention fee.
Steve Shand, 57, Will be charged Accompanied by the transportation or attempts to transport illegal immigrants. He has not been charged with death.
According to the affidavit, four bodies were found near Emerson, Manitoba. In addition, five Indians were found on foot on the Minnesota side of the border, and two more were found nearby in a 15-seater van in Shand. The affidavit did not explain why most of them were no longer in the van.
Shand starred livestream on Monday from a prison in Grand Forks, North Dakota. U.S. Magistrate Judge Hildi Bowville of Minnesota did not order the bond, but Shand said he had to report to his hometown Florida supervisor and submit a passport or other travel document.
Shand must appear in all proceedings, comply with all laws, and cannot contact the victims or witnesses of the case. He is only allowed to travel to Florida or Minnesota, where the proceedings are proceeding. Some hearings may be effectively scheduled, Bowbeer said.
Bowbeer ordered Shand to undergo a mental health assessment within 60 days.
Mr. Shand has waived his right to a preliminary hearing as to whether there is a possible reason to proceed with the proceedings, said lawyer Doug Mikko.
North Dakota US Border Guard Stopped the shand van Just south of the Canadian border on Wednesday. Around the same time, court documents said five other people were found by law enforcement in the nearby snow. The group told officers that they had been walking outside for over 11 hours in the cold.
Police officers found the bodies of three men, a woman, and a baby together, about 33 feet (10 meters) from the border near Emerson, Manitoba. The search continued and the body of a teenage boy was found some distance away. Documents show that they were all wearing winter clothes, but that would not have been enough to save them below freezing.
Two of the Indians were hospitalized. It is not clear what will happen to the seven survivors. U.S. Immigration and Customs officials said they were not arrested or detained by the agency.
“This is an absolutely astounding event,” Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said during his appearance in Ottawa on Friday.
U.S. officials allege in court documents that Shand was likely involved in other border crossings, including twice in December.