Florida man pleads not guilty in Canada/U.S. human smuggling tragedy in Manitoba – Winnipeg

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A Florida man has pleaded not guilty to human smuggling charges after the frozen bodies of a family of four migrants were found near the Canada-U.S. border in Manitoba last year.

Steve Shand, 48, entered the plea Friday via videoconference as part of his long-delayed arraignment in Duluth, Minn.
Shand faces one count each of bringing people into the U.S. illegally and of transporting them inside the country.

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He was arrested in January 2022 in a remote area of northern Minnesota, where border agents encountered him with two Indian nationals in a rented passenger van.

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Just over the border near Emerson, Man., RCMP officers discovered the bodies of four people authorities believe froze to death while trying to slip into the U.S. undetected.

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Three others in India are facing charges in the deaths of Jagdish Patel, 39, wife Vaishaliben, 37, daughter Vihangi, 11, and three-year-old son Dharmik.

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