Highlights of the Canada Border Services Agency’s operations and law enforcement for 2021 include a $ 14 million cocaine seizure at a Niagara border crossing.
A report released Monday said more than 674 kilograms of narcotics were seized in the agency’s southern Ontario region from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31. The region covers Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Windsor, Sarnia, London and surrounding communities.
On June 15, for example, a commercial truck driven by a Quebec resident crossed the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie and was referred for a secondary examination. Officers discovered 112.5 kg of cocaine worth $ 14 million stuffed into five duffel bags inside the truck. The driver was stopped and handed over to the police.
In addition to narcotics, the CBSA’s southern Ontario region seized 166 firearms between January 1 and October 31.
One of the seizures took place at the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge after two people failed to report four firearms and suspected cannabis. The goods were seized and, after paying a fine of $ 6,000, the two were returned to the United States.
The agency also seized over $ 765,000 in undeclared currency and monetary instruments such as stocks, bonds, bank drafts, checks and money orders.
According to the CBSA, this figure represents an increase of 80% compared to the same period in 2020.
In April, for example, officers at the Queenston-Lewiston Bridge discovered approximately $ 211,000 in undeclared currency in a vehicle, resulting in a fine of $ 2,500 and loss of NEXUS privileges.
Also in April, officers at the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls intercepted four Canadian citizens involved in an organized auto theft ring and in possession of break and enter devices. The objects were seized and the subjects were arrested.
In the first 10 months of the year, the CBSA processed 2,062 refugee claims. The Peace Bridge Refugee Processing Center in Fort Erie processed 918 of these requests, while the Rainbow Bridge received 708.
“CBSA employees have accomplished so much in the past year – they have diligently ensured the safety of our country and its citizens, while facilitating the flow of travelers and goods,” said the CBSA President John Ossowski in a statement.
From January 1 to October 31, more than 2.6 million trucks – commercial means of transport and vehicles – were handled by the region, which represented 58% of the national volume.