09/12/2014 02:04 EDT | Updated 11/12/2014 05:59 EST

Red Deer Man Allegedly Tries To Smuggle Woman Across U.S. Border

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LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - A central Alberta man is accused of trying to smuggle a woman into Canada from the United States at a border crossing near Lethbridge last fall.

The Canada Border Services Agency says officers found a woman concealed in a vehicle at Carway on Oct. 26, 2013.

The agency says the woman had been previously refused entry into Canada.

Mark Brian Abramenko of Red Deer is charged under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

He is to appear in Lethbridge provincial court on Monday.

Border Services says it's the second time this year that the agency has laid a criminal charge for human smuggling in Alberta.

Richard James Watt was sentenced in June to 16 days in jail and fined $8,000 for aiding and abetting a foreign national to contravene the immigration act.


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