Pakistani Woman Found Hidden In Truck Entering Canada From U.S. : Border Services

Pakistani woman found hidden in truck entering Canada from U.S.: border services

July 8, 2009

LANSDOWNE, Ont. Three people are charged after a 24-year-old Pakistani woman was discovered hidden in a truck crossing the U.S. border into Canada.

Canada Border Services Agency says a commercial truck driven by 43-year-old Francis Iyare, from Brampton, Ont., was pulled over at the Thousand Islands border crossing in Lansdowne, Ont., on June 19.

The truck was X-rayed by border officers and they say the image of a person inside was clearly visible.

Border services says Fatima Naseeb, a Pakistani national who was visiting the United States, was found in the truck.

She pleaded guilty on July 6 to an offence under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and was sent back to the U.S.

Iyare and a third person, Shanaz Mahamood Bhatti, 54, are also charged with Immigration and Refugee Protection Act offences.

Bhatti and Iyare were released on $500 bonds with a July 24 court date.