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CBSA 2015 year in review for Winnipeg operations
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is pleased to share key highlights for 2015 from its various operations in Winnipeg, including airport, commercial and inland operations. This year, officers at Winnipeg’s James Armstrong Richardson International Airport welcomed nearly 327,480 travellers on over 5,480 international flights.
There were over 300 contraband seizures including 151 prohibited weapons and firearms. For example, in August, officers seized 35 prohibited weapons in a shipment declared as “cutlery”. The package, destined for an Alberta address, contained 30 five-pointed shurikens and five knives with a push dagger handle.
There were also 41 narcotics seizures. In June, officers seized two litres of GBL in a shipment from China. GBL is a controlled substance in Canada and the precursor drug used in the manufacturing of gamma-hydroxybutyric acid, one of the substances used as a "date rape drug." The importer was arrested by the Winnipeg Police Service with the assistance of the CBSA.
Some highlights from Winnipeg’s criminal investigations and inland enforcement units include:
- In 2015, CBSA officers and Winnipeg Police Service arrested a U.S. man wanted for alleged possession and pandering of child sexual abuse imagery.
- In August, a 43-year-old Winnipeg man pleaded guilty to “Counselling Misrepresentation” pursuant to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. He was fined $19,502.00 for his role in aiding up to 42 Canadian permanent residents to provide false information to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
- In November 2015, a Winnipeg man was sentenced to a community jail term of two years less a day for his role in a multi-million dollar cross-Canada steroid smuggling and redistribution operation.
- Officers at Winnipeg airport completed 249 permanent resident landings, and issued 1,079 work permits and 323 study permits.
- Winnipeg is home to one of two CBSA call centres in Canada: the Border Information Service. In 2015, agents handled 144,404 enquiries by telephone and over 30,523 by email. Queries range from traveller tips, to documents required to enter Canada, to duty rates, and import/export requirements.
“The CBSA plays a critical role in keeping weapons and drugs off the streets of Winnipeg by stopping them at the front line. The significant cases from last year are part of our officers’ diligent efforts to pursue these acts of criminality to protect our communities from sexual predators and fraudulent immigration activities.”
Kim R. Scoville
Regional Director General, Prairie Region, Canada Border Services Agency
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