Florida man charged after 4 deaths on US-Canada border

One man from Florida was charged Thursday with people smuggling, after the bodies of four people, including a baby and a teenager, were found in Canadanear the border with U.S. Authorities believe it was a failed border crossing attempt during a snowstorm.

The federal prosecutor’s office for district of minnesota said Steve Shand, 47, appeared in court early Thursday.

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The find in Canada

The bodies were found on Wednesday in the province of Manitoba, a few meters from the border with U.S, near the town of Emerson.

The prosecution reported that the dead were a family of four Indian citizens who were separated from others in a group crossing the frontera.

The Royal Mounted Police of Canada (RCMP, for its acronym in English) stated that they are believed to have died from exposure to the cold while trying to reach U.S.

“It is an absolute and heartbreaking tragedy,” said the deputy commissioner of the RCMP, Jane MacLatchy.

On Wednesday, US authorities notified the RCMP the existence of another group of people who had been detained after crossing into the United States near the town of Emerson (Manitoba), reported MacLatchy.

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