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CBSA stops drunk driver, criminals at the Alberta border in January

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is pleased to share highlights from its border crossings in southern Alberta in January. In addition to making the largest suspected methamphetamine seizure ever at a border crossing in southern Alberta, CBSA officers protected Canadians and secured the border by screening for inadmissible people.


At the Coutts border crossing, CBSA officers intercepted and arrested an impaired driver on January 17 after he failed a breathalyzer test and turned him over to Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). On January 23, CBSA officers again refused entry to a U.S. commercial driver who had been turned away at a Saskatchewan border crossing the day before for a conviction for impaired driving and a charge for possession of methamphetamines. On January 27, officers also denied entry to a U.S. man coming to apply for a work permit, as he had a conviction for criminal sexual conduct with a minor.


At the Carway border crossing on January 1, CBSA officers seized a pair of prohibited brass knuckles from a returning Canadian resident. He received a $500 penalty and was turned over to the RCMP. On January 6, CBSA officers refused entry to a U.S. man with a lengthy criminal record, including charges or convictions for theft, fraud, impaired driving, and resisting arrest. On January 21, officers were processing a 17-year-old male and determined he was listed as a missing person. He stayed at the port with officers until the RCMP arrived to take him into their care. On January 27, CBSA officers refused entry to a man who had at least six impaired driving convictions.


Quick Facts


  • CBSA officers in southern Alberta process an average of 95,421 travellers in 38,679 cars, and 10,755 commercial trucks every month (based on 2015 statistics).
  • In January, CBSA officers at Coutts issued 76 work permits and three study permits, landed 627 immigrants, and refused entry to 44 foreign nationals for various reasons, including criminality.



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The prohibited brass knuckles seized at Carway on January 1.

The prohibited brass knuckles seized at Carway on January 1.

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