Fort Erie, Ontario, January 23, 2012 – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today three seizures that occurred recently in the Southern Ontario Region. The seizures demonstrate the outstanding work of CBSA officers and their commitment to protecting Canadians.
On January 7, Erisha Erickson from Rochester, New York attempted to enter Canada by bus at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie. During a routine examination with the assistance of a detector dog handler and his dog KC, border services officers (BSOs) examined a bag containing food in Erickson's possession. Hidden in food items, officers discovered a quantity of suspected narcotics including marihuana, psilocybin and oxycodone. Erickson was charged with three counts of importing under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
On January 11, Jason Terry of Winnipeg attempted to enter Canada at the Peace Bridge when he was referred for a secondary inspection. During this examination, BSOs discovered a laptop computer in the cab of his truck containing sexually suggestive images that appeared to be child pornography. CBSA's criminal investigators attended and charged Terry under the Customs Act with attempting to smuggle, possession of illegally imported goods, and non-report of goods. The Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) was contacted and laid further charges under the Criminal Code. A CBSA and NRPS joint investigation is ongoing.
On January 12, Wayne Allen Thorn of Montana arrived at the Blue Water Bridge in Port Edward seeking entry into Canada. He did not declare any firearms. He was referred to secondary for verification of his declaration where BSOs discovered a loaded handgun in the vehicle. Thorn was charged with three counts under the Customs Act including smuggling, failure to report goods upon importation to Canada, and willfully evading or attempting to evade compliance with any provision, and two counts under the Criminal Code including unauthorized possession of a firearm and unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle. Thorn's next court appearance will be January 30 in Sarnia.
"These seizures are examples of the outstanding work done by our officers," said Rick Comerford, Regional Director General, Southern Ontario Region. "Stopping the smuggling of illegal drugs, guns and child pornography at our ports of entry demonstrates our officers' commitment to keeping the streets safe in our communities."Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity is encouraged to call the CBSA Border Watch toll-free line at 1-888-502-9060.
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