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Thursday September 22nd, 2016

Posted at 10:15am

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Windsor-Detroit Tunnel seizure, August 16th, 2016

August was a busy month at the local border crossing. Here is a look at the illegal activity the Canada Border Services Agency dealt with.

Ambassador Bridge:

On August 6th, two men were referred to commercial secondary. An undeclared firearm was located in the center console of the vehicle in addition to two loaded magazines with hollow point bullets. A further search also revealed three additional undeclared shotguns. The firearm, guns and vehicle were all seized, with the shotguns being released after payment and the firearm seized with no terms of release. The owner of the sidearm was arrested. Both travellers were returned to the United States after paying a vehicle penalty of $1,944.

On August 10th, a Ontario resident and NEXUS member was referred to secondary to import a classic car with a declared value of US$20,000. During the secondary examination, it was uncovered that the purchase price of the vintage car was actually US$85,250. He was arrested and charged under the Customs Act. The man was released and appeared in court on September 12th to face the charges. The case was adjourned until October 17th.

Windsor-Detroit Tunnel:

On August 4th, a lone male from Michigan was referred to secondary for an examination. During the vehicle search, a firearm was discovered under the passenger seat. Also found in the vehicle was .5 grams of suspected marijuana and four amphetamine pills. The firearm and suspected drugs were seized and the man was arrested. He was charged by the Canada Border Services Agency  Criminal Investigations Division under sections 12, 153(a) and 155 of the Customs Act. He was scheduled to appear in court on September 12th to face charges but he failed to attend. A bench warrant has been issued.

On August 10th, a man arrived at the border to address his admissibility for future trips to Canada, and was referred to secondary for an examination. During the course of the exam, the man admitted to not declaring a firearm and ammunition which were located in the vehicle. Additionally, pepper spray and a switch blade were also found. He was arrested and the firearm, weapons and the vehicle were seized. He was charged under the Customs Act by the CBSA Criminal Investigations Division. His court appearance is scheduled for September 19th.

On August 16th, a Ontario resident was arrested for importing 15 prohibited weapons, including throwing stars, knives and knifed throwing cards at the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel. The seized weapons were all located in a plastic bag in the trunk area of the vehicle under several layers of personal goods. The vehicle was also seized as penalty, and the resident was charged under sections 12, 153(a) and 155 of the Customs Act. He is scheduled to attend court on October 3rd, 2016.

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