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.