Canadian border guards stopped a lot of guns and drugs from getting into the Lower Mainland last month. September was a busy time for cross border travel into Canada and illegal seizures.
Faith St. John with the Canadian Border Services Agency says a total of about 1.5 million people went through the five Pacific Highway District ports of entry. “That’s about a 15 per cent increase compared to the same time last year.”
Among all that traffic, she says there were more than 120 seizures.
“During the month of September, CBSA officers in the Pacific Highway District made six firearms and weapons seizures, including rifles, a semi-automatic pistol, large capacity magazines switchblades, and pepper spray.”
“We intercepted suspected narcotics, child pornography and an under valued luxury vehicle,” adds St. John.
“On September 11, a commercial importer attempted to import a 2004 Rolls Royce, which he declared to the primary officer as being valued at about $90,000. During the examination by officers, the importer admitted he paid $150,000 for the Rolls Royce,” she tells us.
“Had he truthfully declared the true value of the vehicle, he would’ve had to pay much less for than what he actually ended up paying.”
The man ended up having to pay a penalty for lying, in addition to the duty he owed. St. John warns not telling the truth can get you into trouble and can cost you a lot of money.
Guns, cocaine, and a laptop with suspected child porn were also confiscated last month.