Tunnel scheme earns prison time

In this Aug. 25, 2018 photo provided by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit people scramble to enter a rail tunnel under the Detroit River between Detroit and Windsor, Ontario, Canada. Juan Garcia-Jimenez was sentenced to 16 months in a U.S. prison on Monday, Aug. 15, 2019, for accepting money to encourage them to use the tunnel to get to the U.S. The tunnel is used by cargo trains moving between Ontario, Canada, and the U.S. (U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit via AP)

DETROIT (AP) — A Canadian cab driver who made extra money by steering desperate immigrants to a railroad tunnel under the Detroit River was sentenced Monday to 16 months in a U.S. prison.
Juan Garcia-Jimenez, a 53-year-old Canadian citizen who is a native of Guatemala, wept in federal court. Besides a prison sentence, he was fined $8,680– the amount paid by six people who were caught last year when they emerged on foot on the Detroit side of the tunnel.
The 1.6-mile tunnel is used by cargo trains moving between Ontario, Canada, and the United States. Assistant U.S. Attorney Susan Fairchild said it’s risky: A walkway is only 17 inches wide and in poor condition.
“They just walked right through the tunnel, which is a very dangerous thing,” said Kris Grogan, a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection. “There is zero room. If a train would have come through there they would have been killed.”