A taxi driver ended up inadvertently delivering an illegal immigrant right to the RCMP’s doorstep Friday night.
A Lake Country taxi driver dropped off an intoxicated Hispanic man at the rear of the detachment.
“The cab driver said the man didn’t appear to know where he wanted to go and ran up a fare of $80 just from driving around aimlessly,” said Gord Molendyk, RCMP spokesperson.
The man was arrested for being drunk in a public place and lodged in cells.
But while the officers were dealing with him he supplied three different names. Officers called the Canadian Border Services Agency to see if they had any information relating to any of the names.
“They had nothing in their records,” said Molendyk.
“One of our officers spoke to him in Spanish and learned that the suspect was not lawfully in the country.”
He had no passport or ID on him.
The suspect reported he crossed the border in the mountains in Montana on foot.
“He’d been unlawfully in Canada since June,” said Molendyk. “He had been working picking fruit in the Okanagan since that time.”
The 31-year-old Mexican immigrant has been detained under an immigration order and was expected to be transported to Vancouver Monday for a deportation hearing back to Mexico.