Saskatchewan – In Saskatchewan, the RCMP is part of an Integrated Border Enforcement Team, comprised of domestic and U.S. partners working together to address cross-border criminal activity.
Project FADDUCE has been a four month long, ongoing investigation involving the RCMP Integrated Border Enforcement Team, Canada Border Services Agency, United States Customs and Border Protection – Office of the Border Patrol and Office of Field Operations and Homeland Security Investigations.
As part of this project, on Friday, April 14, 2017 at 9:00 p.m., nine foreign nationals were intercepted while crossing into Canada. This occurred in an area between the North Portal and Northgate ports of entry at the Saskatchewan/United States border.
These nine individuals were not injured and were safely transferred to the custody of the Canada Border Services Agency. The RCMP will not be confirming the age, sex or nationalities of these people. A 43-year-old female from Saskatchewan was arrested in relation to this incident at the scene. Estevan RCMP and RCMP Traffic Services assisted investigators during this incident.
Simultaneously on April 14, United States Border Patrol Grand Forks Sector arrested several subjects in relation to this investigation. We are not able to release any details related to these arrests; however, the U.S. Border Patrol will be issuing a statement as soon as more information becomes available for them.
On Saturday April 15, RCMP, with the assistance of Canada Border Services Agency and Regina Police Service, conducted a search warrant on a residence in Regina, Saskatchewan. Evidence and a significant amount of cash was seized from the residence.
As a result of the search warrant and events from April 14, RCMP have charged 43-year-old Michelle Omoruyi of Regina, Saskatchewan with one count each of:
- Human Smuggling, section 117 of the Immigration & Refugee Protection Act and
- Conspiracy to commit human smuggling, section 465 of the Criminal Code of Canada
- She will make her first appearance in Estevan Provincial Court on May 15, 2017 at 9:30 a.m.
While these charges are laid as part of a dedicated project, a strategy was implemented in February to enhance patrols along the Canada/US border. This is in addition to our regular initiatives and monitoring of the international border in Saskatchewan.
We often speak about the many support units that assist our detachments and work behind the scenes on investigations. The RCMP takes a layered approach in order to prevent, detect, and disrupt the greatest threats using all of the resources, technology, intelligence, and partnerships available.
“We continue to assess and enhance our resources at the border to ensure we can detect cross border criminal activity. Project FADDUCE is only one example of our dedication to border safety and keeping Saskatchewan residents safe.” Insp. Donovan Fisher, Officer in Charge of “F” Division Federal Operations and National Security