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Monday October 31st, 2016

Posted at 2:06pm

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Woolly Mammoth tusk seized on September 20, 2016 at the Ambassador Bridge.

This September the Canada Border Services Agency were busy at both local border crossings.  Here are some of the highlights.

Ambassador Bridge:

On September 20th, two returning Canadian residents at the Ambassador Bridge declared $760 in Canadian funds in antiquities, including a Woolly Mammoth tusk. Upon further examination by the Canada Border Services Agency, it was determined that the actual value of the items was $6,100.  The items were seized and  the traveller was required to declare the proper value. A $3,317 penalty was paid and the goods were released.  Officials say that had the items been properly declared, the amount for import would have been $98. No charges were laid.

Windsor-Detroit Tunnel:

On September 12th, a Michigan-plated vehicle was referred for examination.  The driver made a spontaneous declaration that he had a handgun in his car. The loaded weapon was discovered in the driver’s side door and seized. The driver was arrested for smuggling and was charged under the Customs Act with non-report and possession of an unlawfully imported good. He was released on a $120 recognizance and is scheduled to appear in court again on November 7th to speak to the charges.

On September 16th, three male travellers from the United States were referred for an examination.  The search resulted in the discovery and seizure of a loaded handgun located in the centre console. All three travellers were placed under arrest without incident. The rear passenger took ownership of the firearm and was charged under the Customs Act with non-report and possession of an unlawfully prohibited good.The remaining two travellers were released. A recognizance of $500 was collected to compel the man to appear in court. He will appear in court to set a date for a trial on November 7th.

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