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Baker Brook, New Brunswick, man pleads guilty in human smuggling case

EDMUNDSTON, New Brunswick — A 50-year-old man from Baker Brook, New Brunswick, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit human smuggling.

Richard Cyr pleaded guilty on Aug. 31 in Edmundston Provincial Court and was fined $4,000 plus a $1,200 surcharge, according to a press release from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

The charge stems from an incident in July 2016, in which a 46-year-old woman had entered the United States illegally by crossing the St. John River in a paddleboat near Van Buren.

The woman, an Ecuadorean national, was apprehended by U.S. authorities shortly after crossing and remains in the United States.

On July 28, members of the RCMP arrested Cyr and Oneil Devost, 67, of Edmundston, New Brunswick. In October, both men were charged with conspiracy to commit human smuggling. The charge against Devost was subsequently withdrawn.

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