Charges laid against an individual for organizing illegal entries into Canada via Roxham Road

News release

January 23, 2019           Montréal, Quebec      Canada Border Services Agency

Charges were laid today by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu court house against a woman, Olayinka Celestina Opaleye, under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) for organizing illegal entry into Canada, via Roxham Road in Montérégie, Quebec, for refugee protection claimants in exchange for compensation.

As a result of an investigation carried out by the CBSA, it is alleged that in the summer of 2017, Opaleye organized the illegal entry of several individuals into Canada. It is further alleged that Opaleye was operating as part of a network of smugglers who organized travel for these people in exchange for compensation.

When it comes to irregular migration, the CBSA works in close cooperation with other government departments and agencies, as well as international partners to uphold the integrity of the border crossing process and to ensure the border is safe and secure.


Media Relations, Quebec Region

Canada Border Services Agency

Telephone: 514-350-6130


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