|The Coutts, Alberta border crossing|
On September 1, a Montana man drove up to the Coutts border crossing, saying he had not intended to enter Canada and must have taken a wrong turn. CBSA officers noticed that he smelled of alcohol and administered a breathalyzer test, which he failed. The traveller was then arrested and turned over to the Milk River Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
At the Del Bonita border crossing on September 6, a South Dakota man was seeking to work in Canada. However, officers found he was inadmissible because of his long criminal record, which included convictions for fraud, assault, and distributing marijuana. He was refused entry and returned to the United States (U.S.).
On September 10 at the Coutts border crossing, officers were examining a pickup and moving truck of a U.S. resident moving to Alaska when they found a prohibited stun gun flashlight under the driver’s seat. A search of the moving truck revealed three overcapacity assault-rifle magazines concealed in a dresser drawer. The traveller was allowed to continue into Canada without the contraband items, which were seized, and paid a $1,000 penalty for failing to declare them.
At the Carway border crossing on September 20, an Arizona man was seeking entry to Canada on his way to Alaska. However, officers turned him back to the U.S. after finding he had been previously convicted of sexually assaulting a minor.
At the Coutts border crossing on September 26, officers refused entry to a Texas commercial driver headed to Alaska, as he was still facing a sexual assault charge. That same day, they refused entry to another Alaska-bound commercial driver previously convicted of conspiring with the intent to deliver cocaine.
- Officers at Coutts, Alberta’s busiest border crossing, refused entry to 63 foreign nationals for various reasons, including criminality.
- At Carway, which processes the second-highest traffic volumes, officers refused entry to 23 foreign nationals.
- Coutts welcomed 196 new permanent residents, while 83 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).