Man Loses NEXUS Privileges After Ammo Seized At Ambassador Bridge
Tuesday September 17th, 2013
Posted at 3:42pm
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A Canadian man was removed from the NEXUS pre-screening program after US Customs and Border Protection officers confiscated 3,450 rounds of ammo from his car at the Ambassador Bridge.
CBP officials announced today that the man, a 36-year-old, entered through the NEXUS lane at the Ambassador Bridge on September 11th and told a CBP officer that he had ‘no items to declare’.
Officials say the man was referred for a secondary inspection where during a search of his vehicle, several boxes of ammunition were found concealed underneath the front passenger seat floor mat.
A total of 3,450 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition were seized for failure to declare.
“The trusted traveler program allows low risk, frequent border travelers benefits not available to others”, says David Beculheimer, acting port director. “There is zero tolerance for any violations and those who attempt to circumvent the rules will be removed from the program.”
The man was questioned by investigators from Homeland Security and released. He was issued a civil penalty and removed from the NEXUS program.
The NEXUS program allows pre-screened travelers expedited processing by United States and Canadian officials at dedicated processing lanes at designated northern border ports of entry, at NEXUS kiosks at Canadian Preclearance airports, and at marine reporting locations.