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CBSA in Edmonton releases highlights from 2015

January 27, 2016                      Edmonton,  Alberta                   Canada Border Services Agency


Throughout 2015, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers at the Edmonton International Airport were busy processing over 850,000 travellers in 8,450 flights while ensuring the safety and security of Canada.

On April 15, the Government of Canada officially returned the "Parrot Lady" statue to India. The statue was intercepted by CBSA officers in January 2010 after it had been illegally exported from India to a Canadian buyer.

In August, officers from Commercial Operations were examining a package originating from South Africa declared as replica hippopotamus tusks. The package contained 10 tusks; however border services officers noted that these tusks had growth marks and discoloration throughout them suggesting that they had come from a hippopotamus. The importer abandoned the tusks as he was under the impression that they were replicas and not real tusks. The tusks were turned over to Environment and Climate Change Canada.

Throughout the year, CBSA officers made hundreds of food, plant and animal (FPA) seizures with the assistance of Detector Dog Max. On April 17 at the Edmonton International Airport, Max indicated on a traveller’s carry-on bag. When questioned, he said that he and his wife had no food products to declare. A search of the couple's bags resulted in a seizure of: 2.5 kg of swan meat, 5.5 kg of chicken, dried chrysanthemum flowers, ginger root, dried fish, dried fruit, and seeds for propagation that were not commercially packaged. The couple paid a penalty of $650. It was certainly a unique find for Max, a seven-year-old beagle mix who has been part of the Detector Dog Service for six years. Two other unique FPA seizures in 2015 included: 3 kg of cheese and 300 g of pork fat concealed in a purse.

CBSA officers in Edmonton made 87 narcotics seizures. CBSA officers seized over 30 litres of gamma-butyrolactone acid (GBL) in six separate seizure actions. GBL is a precursor chemical used for the production of the date-rape drug. Other narcotics seizures in 2015 included: four drums weighing 102 kg containing N-phenethyl-4-piperidinone, which is the most commonly used precursor chemical in the illicit manufacture of fentanyl, and 9.5 kg of khat declared as clothing.


Quick Facts

  • While fulfilling their duty to screen travellers entering Canada, they also executed 1,700 seizure actions.
  • CBSA officers made 22 currency seizures with a value over $423,000.
  • Officers also made three child pornography seizures.
  • Commercial operations made seven weapons seizures including nun chucks, switchblades and throwing stars.
  • Officers completed 1,949 permanent resident landings, and issued 3,762 work permits and 717 study permits.



“As a professional law enforcement agency, the CBSA plays an absolutely critical role keeping local communities safe. The significant cases from last year are just a snapshot of our contribution protecting the economy, agriculture and our communities.”
-           Kim Scoville, Regional Director General – Prairie Region


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