The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is pleased to share a sample of March 2015 highlights from the border crossings in southern Saskatchewan. This sampling underscores the CBSA’s commitment to protecting Canada’s security and prosperity.
On March 10, officers at North Portal seized approximately 50 ml and 130 tablets of various controlled substances from a U.S. male and a Canadian female. A penalty of almost $1,000 was issued as there was an attempt to conceal the steroids in the vehicle. Both travellers were arrested before being released, and the man was ultimately refused entry for being a non-genuine visitor.
On March 19, North Portal officers seized a cellular device from a commercial driver and arrested the 33-year-old Canadian resident for possessing suspected child pornography. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Saskatchewan Internet Child Exploitation Unit attended and took the individual into custody.
In March, officers in southern Saskatchewan seized 11 prohibited weapons and devices located in a commercial truck and throughout travellers’ vehicles. Officers at North Portal seized an undeclared canister of pepper spray from a 41-year-old female from Oklahoma. The prohibited device was seized with no terms of release. Also at North Portal, officers seized stun guns, a canister of pepper spray and four over-capacity magazines from a 52-year-old man returning home to Alaska. The items were discovered in the bed of a pickup truck, the driver’s side door of the truck, and in a trailer. All undeclared prohibited items were seized with no terms of release, and a penalty of $1,500 was issued. Officers at West Poplar River seized an undeclared over-capacity magazine from a foreign national who was ultimately refused entry.
Southern Saskatchewan officers continued to keep the country safe and secure in March by refusing entry to individuals with previous criminality, including a 39-year-old male from North Dakota seeking entry at North Portal. The man was refused entry for previous criminality including possession of methamphetamines, strangulation, assault and battery, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, criminal trespassing, and interfering with a police officer. Also at North Portal, officers refused entry to a 37-year-old male from Texas who had approximately 17 previous convictions on record. At the port of Estevan Highway, officers refused entry to a 27-year-old male from Georgia for previous criminality including driving under the influence, simple battery, battery causing injury, driving while license suspended, criminal trespassing, and three probation violation charges.
The CBSA would like to remind all travellers of the continued restrictions on importing poultry products. It is prohibited to import all raw poultry and all poultry products and by-products that are not fully cooked from certain U.S. states. This includes eggs and raw pet foods, sourced, processed, packaged or shipped from 13 states, including North Dakota, Montana and South Dakota.
- Across southern Saskatchewan, 42,052 travellers in 28,129 vehicles were cleared.
- There were 13,885 commercial trucks cleared in southern Saskatchewan.
- At North Portal, 20,505 travellers in 5,037 vehicles were cleared, as well as 9,964 commercial trucks.
- At Estevan Highway, 3,469 travellers in 2,169 vehicles were cleared, as well as 210 commercial trucks.
- At North Portal, officers completed 107 permanent resident landings and issued 9 work permits.
- At North Portal, officers refused entry to 37 foreign nationals for criminality or other reasons.
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Canada Border Services Agency