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First visit to Niagara Falls results in gun charges for Alabama woman February 2016 highlights

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is pleased to share the February border enforcement highlights from the Southern Ontario Region. CBSA officers protect Canadians by preventing inadmissible people and prohibited goods such as guns and weapons, and drunk drivers from entering the country.

Ten guns and 384 prohibited weapons were seized across the Region. Ten impaired drivers were arrested.

At the Rainbow Bridge on February 22, a 51-year-old Alabama woman visiting Niagara Falls for the first time was arrested when an undeclared firearm was found in her purse during a secondary examination. The traveller was charged under the Customs Act with making false statements and willful evasion of the Act. A court date has been scheduled for April 21, 2016.


Quick Facts


  • The Southern Ontario Region of the CBSA covers the southern portion of Ontario, encompassing the cities of Windsor, Sarnia, London, Fort Erie and Niagara Falls, and their surrounding communities.
  • Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity is encouraged to call the CBSA Border Watch toll-free line at 1-888-502-9060.



“The CBSA takes its border protection responsibilities seriously. Its officers work diligently to prevent the smuggling of firearms and weapons as well as stopping impaired drivers from across our borders, to help make our communities safe.”

Rick Comerford, Regional Director General, Southern Ontario Region



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