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Backgrounder February 2016 Highlights

Rainbow Bridge

On February 26, a 65-year-old Alabama man arrived at the border as the result of a wrong turn. An undeclared firearm was seized during a secondary examination. No charges were laid and the terms of release for the vehicle of $1000 were paid. The traveller was directed back to the U.S.

 

Peace Bridge

On February 10, a 33-year-old Brampton man attempted to smuggle 4.9 g of suspected cocaine internally. Hospital intervention was required to retrieve the evidence. Terms of release for his vehicle were set at $2,000. The man and the drugs were turned over to the Niagara Regional Police Service.

 

On February 11, two undeclared long guns were seized from a 21-year-old New York resident. No charges were laid for the non-restricted guns. The man paid the terms of release of $70 for the guns and was directed back to the U.S.

         

On February 27, nine grams of suspected cocaine, suspected hashish and marijuana were seized from a 26-year-old Oakville man. The drugs and the traveller were turned over to Niagara Regional Police Services.

 

At Peace Bridge Commercial parcel processing, three large shipments of prohibited weapons were seized with no terms of release. On February 11, a parcel containing 93 switchblades knives originating from New Jersey was intercepted. On February 25, two parcels, one containing 38 switchblade knives originating from New Jersey, as well as a second parcel containing 92 brass knuckles and 48 push daggers, originating from Pennsylvania, were seized.

 

Queenston Bridge

On February 18, a 51-year-old Tennessee resident arrived at the border as the result of a wrong turn. An undeclared firearm and two large capacity magazines were seized during a secondary examination. Terms of release of $1,500 for the vehicle were paid and the man was directed back to the U.S.

 

On February 23, a 38-year-old Ohio man was found with an undeclared firearm concealed under his clothing. He was arrested and charged under the Customs Act with making false statements and willful evasion of the Act. The traveller pled guilty on February 26 and was sentenced to the four days’ time he had served.

 

Ambassador Bridge

On February 2, a 56-year-old Georgia man was arrested when an undeclared firearm and large capacity magazine was located during a search of the vehicle. The man was charged under the Customs Act with non-report of goods, false statements and possession of unlawfully imported goods. Terms of release set at $1,500 were paid. A court date has been set for April 4, 2016.  

 

On February 9, an undeclared firearm was seized from a commercial truck driver. No charges were laid and the 49-year-old New York resident paid the terms of release for the vehicle of $1,000.

 

On February 21, an undeclared diamond ring valued at $55,204 was seized from a 26-year-old Toronto resident. The terms of release are set at $27,608 and the ring is being held for payment.

 

Windsor Tunnel

On February 12, an undeclared revolver was seized from a Detroit man. Terms of release of $1,000 for the vehicle were paid and no charges were laid.

 

St. Clair District

On February 11 at the Walpole Ferry, an undeclared pistol was seized from a 59-year-old Michigan hunter. No charges were laid and terms of release for the vehicle of $1,000 were paid.                                  

 

 

SOR Comparison of Seized Items for February 2015 and 2016

 

                                                                                                                             2016                             2015

Prohibited weapons

384

26

Firearms

10

7

Impaired drivers

10

7

                                                         


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