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Enforcement Highlights by Port of Entry - July to December 2015

Fort Erie District Operations

On October 1, 2015, during a secondary examination of a bus originating from Texas, officers found 5.74 kg of cocaine in a false compartment in a piece of unclaimed luggage. The case is currently under investigation and there have been no arrests.

Officers seized 31 firearms and 105 prohibited weapons and devices during this period.

 

Queenston Bridge Operations

There were five jewellery seizures including one on November 11, 2015, when jewellery with a declared value of $3,200 was determined to have an actual value of $12,400.

On October 21, 2015, undeclared porcelain originating from China with a value of $31,572 was seized with terms of release set at $8,542.

On October 5, 2015, undervalued paintings valued at $44,654 were seized and the terms of release were set at $17,962.

On August 7, 2015, undervalued artwork valued at $24,200 was seized with terms of release set at $13,310.

Officers seized 11 firearms and 15 prohibited weapons and devices during this period.

 

Rainbow Bridge Operations

On November 7, 2015, a youth presented himself to the CBSA at the pedestrian walk and was referred for further examination. When it was determined the youth was reported missing, the Niagara Regional Police was contacted and the youth was turned over to the responding agency.

On July 21, 2015, four handguns and one assault rifle were seized from a Canadian resident and were held with no terms of release. A $5,000 vehicle penalty was imposed. The Toronto man was charged under the Customs Act with making false statements and smuggling. The investigation is ongoing.

Officers seized 28 firearms and 32 prohibited weapons and devices, and made 13 currency seizures totalling $173,439 during this period.

 

Ambassador Bridge Operations

In October, a horse was seized when it was determined the animal was not being brought to Canada for a medical procedure as stated by the driver, but had been sold and was being delivered to the owner in Canada. Total terms of release for the horse and the vehicle were set at $14,284.

Sixteen currency seizures totalling $430,470 occurred during this period. This includes a Toronto man who neglected to declare his casino winnings of $130,175. The man paid a fine and his funds were returned to him.

Officers seized 59 firearms and 121 prohibited weapons and devices during this period.

 

Windsor Tunnel Operations

On November 7, 2015, Stephen Smith from Illinois was found to be in possession of an undeclared assault rifle, handgun, taser and a loaded, large capacity magazine. He was charged under the Customs Act with non-report, possession and false statements. His next court date is scheduled for February 22, 2016.

Officers seized 12 firearms including nine prohibited firearms, as well as 40 prohibited weapons and devices, during this period.

 

St. Clair District

On December 18, 2015, as a result of gun smuggling and weapons offences, Randy Nahdee of Wallaceburg, Ontario, received a 5 ½ year sentence. On June 12, 2015, as a result of seizures that took place at the Walpole Island Ferry, Nahdee was charged under the Customs Act with non-report, possession and smuggling and was also charged under the Criminal Code.

On July 14, 2015, Glenn Rivers from Michigan, received a $10,000 fine when he pled guilty to a charge of non-compliance with the Customs Act resulting from a gun seizure.

Nine currency seizures totalling $777,138 occurred during this period.  On September 15, 2015, an undeclared currency seizure of $557,340 took place. It was determined not to be proceeds of crime, a fine of $250 was paid and the currency was returned to the client. 

Ten undervalued motor vehicles with an actual value of $158,562 were seized with total terms of release of $31,292.

Officers seized 22 firearms and 35 prohibited weapons and devices during this period.


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