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Tuesday July 19th, 2016

Posted at 6:07pm

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June was a busy month for customs officers at both the Ambassador Bridge and the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel.

At the bridge on June 8th, 2016, two non-residents were sent for examination after making a wrong turn and crossed the Bridge on route to a wedding in Michigan. During the exam, two undeclared assault rifles, two prohibited magazines, and $40,010 in undeclared currency were found. Both travellers were arrested and the items were seized with no terms of release, with the currency seized as suspected proceeds of crime. Vehicle penalty of $2,500 was paid and the travellers returned to the United States.

Then on June 13th, two Texas residents were referred from primary inspection after having nothing to declare. In secondary inspection an officer discovered a box of ammunition under the driver’s seat. Both travellers were frisked, and the passenger declared a firearm in the back seat of the vehicle. The firearm and prohibited magazine were seized and the travellers were arrested. The $1,500 vehicle terms of release penalty were paid, and the travellers were allowed entry into Canada.

Two non-residents were referred for a secondary and immigration examination on June 20th. During the exam of the vehicle, a loaded handgun was found in the glove box. The gun was seized and the two male travellers were arrested.  He was released after he paid $400 for his recognizance. He has a scheduled court date of July 18th.

Finally on June 23rd, a male traveller from Florida, was referred for secondary inspection. During the examination of his vehicle, a bag was found on the passenger seat floor containing suspected anabolic steroids in vial and pill form. The suspected drugs were seized and he was arrested. The traveller was released after paying the vehicle penalty terms of release of $880, and allowed entry into Canada.

Over at the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel on June 5th, two non-resident females were referred for secondary inspection. During the examination, an undeclared and unloaded firearm was discovered in the passenger’s purse. The firearm was seized and the passenger was arrested. The vehicle penalty of $1,500 was paid and they returned to the U.S.

On June 9th, five Illinois residents were referred for secondary examination. During the exam, the driver spontaneously admitted to not declaring a handgun to the primary officer. The firearm was unloaded and located in a backpack in the rear cargo area along with two prohibited magazines. The driver was arrested and the firearm and magazines were seized. Vehicle penalty terms of release of $1,500 was assessed, however the driver was unable to pay, so the vehicle was held for payment. The travellers returned to the U.S. Later that day the driver returned, paid the terms of release for the vehicle, and went back to the U.S.

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