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Gun in camera bag, drugs in cracker box among CBSA's February Alberta highlights
March 29, 2016 Calgary, Alberta Canada Border Services Agency
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is pleased to share a sample of February highlights from its border crossings in southern Alberta:
CBSA officers in southern Alberta seized three undeclared handguns last month, with the first seized on February 2 at Coutts. Officers met a Utah couple and arrested the man for failing to declare a .357 pistol, which was concealed in a camera bag in the backseat of their vehicle. CBSA Criminal Investigations charges are pending. Officers also arrested the woman, who was in possession of a personal quantity of suspected methamphetamine, and turned her over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP).
On February 24 at Coutts, officers seized a pair of undeclared handguns – a 9mm and a .44-calibre – and an overcapacity magazine from an Alaska man. The seized goods were in totes in a trailer. CBSA Criminal Investigations has charged the man on nine counts under the Customs Act and Criminal Code.
On February 19 in Lethbridge Provincial Court, Chelsea Dawn Michalak of San Diego, California pleaded guilty to the CBSA Criminal Investigations charge of smuggling a .380-calibre handgun and .44-calibre handgun at Coutts on July 31, 2015. She received an $8,000 fine and the firearms were ordered forfeit.
CBSA officers made eight drug seizures in February, which were mostly personal quantities of marijuana. On February 18 at Coutts, Detector Dog Comet indicated underneath the front passenger seat of a vehicle, where officers found 4.6 grams of suspected marijuana inside a cracker box. They also found a small quantity of suspected shatter, a marijuana derivative, in a traveller’s coat pocket. Officers arrested him and turned him over to the RCMP.
At Coutts, on February 8, officers refused entry to a U.S. man who had a conviction for organized criminal activity. On February 24, they intercepted and arrested an impaired driver and turned him over to the RCMP. At Carway on February 15, officers refused entry to a foreign national for working illegally in Canada for almost a year. The foreign national is barred from returning for one year. On February 27, CBSA officers refused entry to a U.S. man with convictions for assault and battery.
- 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 February, CBSA officers at Coutts issued 78 work permits, landed 751 immigrants, and refused entry to 33 foreign nationals for various reasons, including criminality.
- In February, CBSA officers at Carway issued 22 work permits, landed 373 immigrants, and refused entry to 13 foreign nationals for various reasons, including criminality.
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