COUTTS - It was a busy month of December at the Coutts border crossing.
There were more than 38,000 travellers crossing the border in 14,300 vehicles
and 10,100 commercial trucks.
In one case, A Texas man was charged with invitation to sexual touching after
attempting to cross the border. On December 31st, officers at the Coutts
crossing became suspicious of the man's purpose for travelling to Canada and
through interview and investigation, they discovered the man was coming to the
country to lure a minor and take her back to the United States with him. He was
arrested and handed over to the RCMP who laid the charge.
Officers also made 23 seizures at the port during the month, which resulted
in more than $9,000 in penalties.
The most significant case involved a $20,000 quarter horse that was declared
at $1,500. The importer was given a $5,000 fine. She would of only had to pay
$925 if she properly declared the horse.
There was another strange situation on December 2nd, where a bus carrying 46
passengers failed to stop at the border. Officers alerted the RCMP who
intercepted the bus in Milk River and escorted it back to the port. The bus was
processed and the company was issued a $7,250 penalty for failing to stop and