03/02/2016 10:31 EST | Updated 03/03/2017 05:12 EST

Human Smuggling Attempt: 4 Arrested For Trying To Sneak People Into Canada From U.S.

An Ontario man and three foreign nationals were arrested


CORNWALL, Ont. — A Cornwall, Ont., man and three foreign nationals have been arrested in what border officials say was an attempt to smuggle people from the United States into Canada.

The Canada Border Services Agency says it got information from its U.S. counterparts on Feb. 11 that three foreign nationals were identified in Massena, N.Y., as acting in "a suspicious manner."

The CBSA says it conducted surveillance on the three people with the help of its partners and the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service were able to arrest  the trio, as well as a resident of Cornwall.

The CBSA says the Cornwall man was arrested for aiding and abetting the illegal movement of people into Canada under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

The three foreign nationals were arrested for entering Canada without examination. The CBSA did not disclose their nationalities.

The CBSA says the foreigners had detention reviews and admissibility hearings on Feb. 15 and 16, while the Cornwall man was released on a promise to appear in court March 15.

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