05/25/2015 11:34 EDT | Updated 05/25/2016 05:59 EDT

Mark Brian Abramenko, Alberta Man, Jailed For Trying To Smuggle Woman Across Border

The woman was huddled on the floor hidden under a blanket.

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FORT MACLEOD, Alta. - A Red Deer, Alta. man has been jailed and fined for attempting to smuggle a woman into the province in the back of his vehicle.

The Canada Border Services Agency says Mark Brian Abramenko was found guilty of one count of attempted human smuggling under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Abramenko entered Canada at the Carway border crossing where CBSA officers found a female passenger concealed inside his vehicle.

She was huddled on the floor hidden under a blanket.

The woman had been previously refused entry into Canada due to her criminal past.

Abramenko was sentenced to 60 days in jail and issued a $5,000 fine by a Fort Macleod provincial court judge.


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