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COUTTS:  It's always a busy and interesting time at the Alberta border crossings and April was no exception. As usual, "honesty would have been the best policy" for many of those facing fines.


April sees many Canadians who wintered in the U-S and Mexico returning home. There were a total of 32 seizures across the region valued at more than $60,000 and resulted in $13,000 in penalties to travellers. The majority of these seizures were related to vehicles, trailer, parts and modifications that were not declared.


During the month, 67,000 people entered Canada at Coutts. Of that number, 77 people were refused entry. During this same period there were more than 13,300 commercial vehicles.


Along with several seizures for child pornography, one of the more interesting incidents at Coutts, happened on April 5th. A 32-year-old man and woman from Utah, who were moving to Alaska, tried to smuggle a firearm into Canada. During an exam, CBSA officers found a handgun based on an AR15 assault rifle action, but with a 15-inch barrel (above photo). The firearm was seized, the woman was issued a $1,000 penalty and the couple proceeded into Canada.


On April 20th, an Alberta couple was returning from Arizona and declared $1,990 of goods, cigarettes, alcohol and beer. During an examination of the vehicle, one officer found an empty ring box with a price tag for $4,999, and a receipt for another ring worth $1,000. The couple eventually admitted the rings were purchased in Arizona. The rings were seized and a $1,267 penalty was issued. Had they been truthful, they would have paid just $300 in GST for the rings.

At Carway and Del Bonita border crossings, the big offences during April were people refused admission to Canada for previous criminal convictions or seeking to work illegally.


Posted on Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 4/18/2014 1:30:55 PM
Source: Dori Modney (@Dori_Modney on Twitter) -- Country 95 News / Photo courtesy CBSA
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