A Florida man who is facing human smuggling charges after four migrants were found dead in the snow and seven others were found near the Canadian border last week was released from jail Monday without having to pay bond, according to reports.
As Shand and the two migrants were being transported to a Border Patrol station, five other people were found in freezing conditions across the state line in Minnesota.
“The five Indian nationals explained that they had walked across the border [from Canada] expecting to be picked up by someone,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Minnesota said.
Law enforcement was notified that a family was still out in the cold and a search ensued.
Four people, including a baby and a teen, were then found frozen in Canada about 30 feet north of the U.S. border by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Shand was charged with human smuggling but has not been charged in the deaths of the four migrants.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer of Minnesota ordered Shand to report to a supervisor in his home state of Florida and surrender his travel documents, but did not set a bond.
Shand, who is a suspect in other human smuggling operations, also must undergo a mental health evaluation in the next 60 days.
Migrant encounters at the northern border have been elevated recently, with 16,528 from October through December of last year. There were only 6,605 during that same time frame in 2020 and 10,667 in 2019.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.