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Tue., Oct. 19, 2010, noon

Feds: Trucker helped illegal immigrant

A Canadian truck driver is accused of trying to help a man illegally cross the international border into Boundary County, Idaho.

Border patrol agents spotted Brian Meszarosi trying to pick up Darwin S. Canonizado on Highway 1 just south of the border on Oct. 12.

Meszarosi, recognized by agents as wood chip hauler who frequently crosses the border, said he met Canonizado at a small gas station just west of Creston, B.C., and agreed to help him get into the United States for $500, according to an affidavit prepared by investigators.

Meszarosi was to pick up Canonizado after the Philippines native crossed the border on foot and Meszarosi in his truck, investigators wrote. Meszarosi was to then drive Canonizado to Spokane, investigators wrote. Canonizado told investigators he is a Filipino citizen whose Canadian work VISA is set to expire. He hoped to find employment in California.

Meszarosi and Canonizado are in the Boundary County Jail. Their ages were not available.

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