Calgary: The largest currency seizure at an Alberta border crossing, has lead to a
guilty plea from an Ontario man for money laundering.
Joseph Dale Butler of St. Thomas, Ontario, was arrested April 20, 2009, at
the Coutts border crossing. Canada Border Services agents seized a
six-stall horse trailer and more than 477-thousand dollars in U-S currency found
in a hidden compartment.
According to police, Butler told customs agents
that he was going to Montana to buy a horse. When he came back across without
the horse, they asked him what kind of horse he had been planning to buy and he
replied: "A brown one". That's when agents directed him to proceed to a
secondary search and the stash of cash was found.
While there are no restriction on how much money can be transported across
the border, an amount of $10-thousand or more, must be reported at the
border.The money was seized under the "Proceeds of Crime and and Terrorist
Financing Act". Butler will be sentenced May 25th.
Photos Courtesy of Canadian Border Services: The hidden compartment where a duffel bag of money was found and the inside of the horse trailer.
Posted on Thursday, March 10, 2011 at 3/11/2014 6:35:21 PM
Source: Dori Modney -- Country 95 News Files And Canadian Press Update