Thursday, September 22, 2016

CBSA recovers missing children at southern Alberta border in August

Canada Border Services Agency - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is pleased to share a sample of August highlights from its border crossings in southern Alberta.

On August 15, officers at the Coutts border crossing conducted a search of a pickup truck, and seized three undeclared guns: a prohibited 9mm pistol, a rifle, and a shotgun. After arresting the two occupants, both minors, who were lost and had not originally intended to enter Canada, officers discovered that both had been reported as missing children in the United States (U.S.) After notifying the local U.S. sheriff’s office, officers transferred custody of the two minors to U.S. Customs and Border Protection for reunification with their parents.

There were a total of 16 undeclared firearms seized at the Coutts border crossing, including 11 in a span of less than 24 hours between August 26 and 27. Officers also intercepted a prohibited loaded 9mm handgun from the travel trailer of a U.S. woman moving to Alaska on August 16, and a prohibited .25-calibre handgun and can of prohibited pepper spray from the Sport Utility Vehicle of a Texas woman on August 20.

Officers at the seasonal Chief Mountain border crossing arrested a Utah man on August 19 after seizing a prohibited .45-calibre pistol from his pickup truck. The gun was found loaded in the centre console. The traveller paid a $1,000 penalty for failing to declare and was returned to the United States for committing an offence upon entry to Canada. They also seized three grams of suspected shatter, a concentrated form of tetrahydrocannabinol up to seven times as potent as marijuana, from a Colorado man on August 3. The drugs were found in lip-gloss containers, and the traveller was refused entry to Canada.

On August 26, Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) officers intercepted a female U.S. resident who entered Canada on foot illegally near the Carway border crossing. The CBSA had previously issued her an exclusion order in June, barring her from entering Canada for one year. She was turned over to CBSA officers, who issued her a deportation order, permanently barring her from entering Canada.

At the Wild Horse border crossing that same day, officers met a returning Alberta driver they suspected as impaired. He failed an alcohol screening device test, and was arrested and turned over to the RCMP. On August 28 at Coutts, officers detained an Alberta commercial driver with an outstanding warrant for impaired driving and turned him over to the RCMP. At Del Bonita on August 22, officers intercepted a stolen vehicle. They arrested the Alberta driver, who was wanted on outstanding warrants for theft, and turned him over to the RCMP.

Every month, officers refuse entry to foreign nationals for a variety of reasons – some for serious criminal records:
  • At Coutts, officers turned around a U.S. man convicted of armed robbery and kidnapping, and another convicted of aggravated arson.
  • At Carway, officers refused entry to a U.S. man who admitted to sexual assault and enticing a minor over the Internet.
  • At Del Bonita, officers refused entry to a U.S. man with convictions for kidnapping and assault causing bodily harm.

Officers at Coutts, Alberta’s busiest border crossing, refused entry to 53 foreign nationals in August. At Carway, which processes the second-highest traffic volumes, officers refused entry to 33 foreign nationals.

Coutts welcomed 254 new permanent residents in August, while 103 entered Canada at Carway.
CBSA officers in southern Alberta process an average of 95,421 travellers in 38,679 cars and 10,755 commercial trucks every month (based on 2015 statistics).

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