COUTTS: An Ontario man who tried to illegally import almost half a million dollars
in cash through Coutts is headed to jail for 2-years.
On April 20th, 2009, Coutts border guards found $477,050.00 in U-S
cash, concealed in a six-stall horse trailer coming through the Coutts border
crossing. The money, a record amount to be seized a Coutts, was seized under
the "Proceeds of Crime and and Terrorist Financing Act".
Butler was sentenced in Calgary on Wednesday to two years concurrent on each
In March of this year, 35-year old Joseph Dale Butler of St. Thomas, Ontario,
pleaded guilty in the Provincial Court of Alberta to one count under s. 12(1) of
the Proceeds of Crime (Money Laundering) and Terrorist Financing Act (Failing to
Report the Importation of Currency in excess of $10,000.00) and one count of
under s. 462.31(1) of the Criminal Code (Laundering the Proceeds of Crime) for
transporting $477,050.00 in US cash from the U-S into Canada.
alleged that Butler knew the seized cash was the proceeds of a designated
offence, namely trafficking a controlled substance and was willfully blind as to
any specifics associated to the crime. Further, Mr. Butler was paid cash to
transport the cash.
This is the first conviction pursuant to the PC(ML)TF Act in Alberta since
the PC(ML)TF Act regulations concerning currency importation were enacted in
While there's 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.