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Associated Press, Published July 31 2013

Man gets prison for smuggling people through ND

FARGO — A man from Honduras will serve more than a year in prison for smuggling people into the U.S. through North Dakota.

Twenty-six-year-old Darwin Cantarero-Sanchez was sentenced Wednesday in Bismarck to one year and one day in prison on a charge of conspiracy to transport illegal alien and then another 117 days for improper entry by an alien.

Federal prosecutors say that on April 6, Cantarero-Sanchez and seven other people were arrested about a half-mile south of the Sherwood Port of Entry after illegally crossing the border.

Two of the people say they paid Cantarero-Sanchez $2,000 and $1,500 to smuggle them into the U.S. from Montreal, Quebec, and he then led the group around the port of entry crossing illegally.

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