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Kent man convicted of human smuggling

Post by Adam Lynn / The News Tribune on Jan. 30, 2007 at 1:59 pm |
January 30, 2007 1:59 pm

News from my town, and not the kind I like.

A federal jury convicted Kent resident Harminder Singh on Monday of taking part in a ring that smuggled as many as 100 people from India and Pakistan into the United States, the U.S. Attorney’s Office reported.

Singh apparently was the ring’s point of contact in Washington and helped those smuggled into the country with transportation to their final destinations, according to a new release. Federal agents and their Canadian counterparts apparently recorded phone calls in which Singh talked about the enterprise.

Those brought into the country illegally paid huge fees for the privilege, federal authorities said.

Singh, 38, was convicted in federal court in Seattle of conspiracy to smuggle and transport illegal aliens, bringing an illegal alien to the United States, two counts of transporting illegal aliens and one count of harboring an alien.

He faces 3-10 years in prison and deportation when he’s sentenced later this year.

Nineteen people in all were indicted in the smuggling operation. Of those 11 have been convicted and four more face trial.

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