- Associated Press - Monday, June 5, 2017

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - Federal authorities charged a Montreal man after they say he helped transport two men in Vermont after they apparently crossed into the United States from Canada illegally.

Court documents say Viatcheslav Kim, 29, a naturalized Canadian citizen originally from Russia, was apprehended by Border Patrol agents in Derby Line in the early morning hours of May 31 with two men in his car, one from Russia, the other Uzbekistan. Neither passenger had permission to be in the United States.

A grand jury indicted Kim last week, charging him with transporting people who did not have legal permission to be in the United States.

Kim, whose attorney did not return a call seeking comment, was released on bail. He’s due to appear for arraignment in federal court in Burlington on June 13.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police told their U.S. counterparts May 31 that they saw individuals walking toward the border between the two countries, according to court documents.

A short time later a Border Patrol agent spotted Kim in his car talking on his phone on a back road just east of the Derby Line port of entry. Kim, who had entered the United States legally a short time before, told the agent he was looking for a gas station.

Kim was apprehended later with the two men in his car. The two are listed in court documents as material witnesses in the case against Kim.


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