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"Cash Courier" Sentenced In Coutts Money Smuggling Case

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 charge.

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.

It was 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 January 2003.

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.


Posted on Wednesday, August 31, 2011 at 4/19/2014 3:30:15 PM
Source: Dori Modney -- Country 95 News -- Photos of Trailer and seized truck Courtesy Canada Border Services
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