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Backgrounder January 2016 Highlights

Rainbow Bridge Operations

On January 7, a pedestrian entered Canada and did not report to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers. The man was apprehended by an officer and charged under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) with impeding an officer and eluding exam. 

 

On January 18, after declaring no firearms were in the vehicle, an Iowa resident was arrested when a loaded firearm was located behind the driver’s seat. The man was charged under the Customs Act with false statements and wilful evasion. A court appearance is scheduled for March 10, 2016.

 

Queenston Bridge Operations

On January 30, a traveller was identified as being the subject of a warrant issued by the Niagara Regional Police Services (NRPS). The Canadian resident was arrested and transferred to the NRPS. 

 

Fort Erie District Operations

On January 11, officers discovered a loaded, prohibited firearm during an examination of a New Jersey resident’s tractor trailer truck. Charges were laid under the Customs Act with false statements; wilful evasion of the Act and attempted smuggling. The man was the subject of warrants issued in British Columbia and Alberta and was taken into custody by Niagara Regional Police Services.

 

On January 28, $31,344 was seized from a California resident as suspected proceeds of crime. The traveller has 90 days to appeal.

 

Ambassador Bridge Operations

On January 11, a 44 year-old London resident was arrested and charged under the Customs Act for possessing prohibited material and smuggling suspected child pornography. The man was also charged under the Criminal Code by Windsor Police Services. A court date is set for March 2, 2016.

 

On January 13, a vehicle that arrived at Canada as a result of a wrong turn was sent for a secondary inspection. As the vehicle approached the secondary area, an officer saw a door open slightly and an object dropped onto the ground. Officers went to the site and located a loaded handgun. The Detroit resident was arrested, charged and turned over to the Windsor Police Services. During the court appearance, 21 year old Deandre Stokes entered a guilty plea to possession/disposing of illegally imported goods, under the Customs Act. Stokes was sentenced to 17 months jail and 3 years’ probation.

 

On January 19, a Michigan resident failed to declare the pickup truck he was importing for his son who is a Canadian resident. The man was arrested and charged with false statements under the Customs Act. The truck is being held as evidence. A court date has been set for March 7, 2016.

 

Windsor Tunnel Operations

On January 15, an undeclared 2.51-carat diamond ring worth Can$42,758 was seized from a North York resident returning from Detroit, Michigan. No charges were laid. The terms of release for the ring and the vehicle of $32,076 were paid and both were released to the traveller.

 

On January 21, as a result of a wrong turn, US$16,272, three grams of marijuana and false ID were seized from three US travellers. The currency was seized as suspected proceeds of crime. The travellers were refused entry and were escorted to USCBP.

 

On January 30, an undeclared 2.02 carat diamond ring and two other rings were seized from two Thornhill, Ontario residents. The empty jewellery boxes and the receipt were located in the possession of the travellers. No charges were laid. Terms of release for the rings of $16,415.11 were paid and the rings were released.  

 

St. Clair District Operations

On January 4 at the Blue Water Bridge, an undeclared rifle, suspected hashish oil and 14 grams of suspected ecstasy were seized from a Vermont resident.  The traveller paid the terms of release for the vehicle of $4,290 and he was escorted back to the US.

 

Enforcement and Intelligence Division

On January 7, nineteen Notices of Ascertained Forfeiture were issued totalling $54,000 in civil penalties. This Notice is issued when an importer fails to declare goods or undervalues the goods, and the goods have already entered the country. The Notice will indicate the amount of money that is payable by the Recipient of the Notice.

 

On January 25, Inland Enforcement Officers attended a farm to perform Immigration work authorization compliance checks. Workers were arrested under IRPA for working without authorization. The investigation resulted in nine removal orders and three warnings.

 

Seizure statistics & impaired arrests for January 2016

 

# prohibited firearms, firearms - restricted & non-restricted

# prohibited weapons

arrests for impaired drivers

Peace Bridge

1

1

4

Rainbow Bridge

1

1

1

Queenston Bridge

2

 

Blue Water Bridge

1

0

1

Ambassador Bridge

3

5

 

Windsor Tunnel

3

1

total

6

12

7

 

Seizure statistics & impaired arrests for January 2015

 

# prohibited firearms, firearms - restricted & non-restricted

# prohibited weapons

arrests for impaired drivers

Peace Bridge

 

5

 

Rainbow Bridge

 

1

1

Queenston Bridge

 

1

1

Blue Water Bridge

1

 

1

Ambassador Bridge

2

2

1

Windsor Tunnel

1

10

2

total

4

19

6

 


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