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Wednesday January 16th, 2013

Posted at 1:00pm

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114 boxes of loose tobacco seized at Ambassador Bridge Commercial (Photo: CBSA)

The Canada Border Services Agency has busted a transport driver for carrying approximately $1.7 million worth of undeclared tobacco across the border.

The CBSA says the bust was made on January 10th when a commercial driver, on his way to a location in southern Ontario, entered Canada at the Ambassador Bridge. The driver was referred for a secondary inspection where CBSA officers found that the declared shipment of tahini, rice and beans contained over 13,700 kg of loose tobacco with an approximate street value of $1.7 million. Criminal charges are pending and the investigation is ongoing.

“The CBSA takes its border protection responsibilities very seriously, and our officers work diligently to prevent smuggling across our borders,” said Rick Comerford, Regional Director General for Southern Ontario Region. “This seizure clearly demonstrates that our officers are vigilant when it comes to ensuring our border is not used for illegal activities. This includes prosecuting those who contravene the Customs Act.”

Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity is encouraged to call the CBSA Border Watch Toll-free Line, confidentially, at 1-888-502-9060.

Loose tobacco seized at Ambassador Bridge Commercial (Photo: CBSA)

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