Canadian truck driver charged with attempting to smuggle Polish citizens over Peace Bridge

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — A Canadian man is facing serious charges for attempting to smuggle in two illegal aliens to the U.S. over the Peace Bridge on March 1.

Leszek Budzyna, 50, a Canadian citizen, allegedly told Customs and Border Protection agents that he needed to enter the U.S. with his commercial truck to pick up a trailer to haul. Under a second inspection, authorities utilized an x-ray to reveal suspicious objects in the cab of the truck.

After telling agents he was traveling alone, officers located Monika Gondek, 47, and Mariusz Madej, 54, two citizens of Poland. All three were immediately arrested.

Budzyna faces charges of alien smuggling and making false statements. Gondek and Madej face charges of eluding examination and inspection by immigration officials.

Each faces prison time if found guilty. They’ll return to court at a later date. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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