Highlights from border policing note cocaine seizures on Blue Water Bridge

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The alleged findings of large amounts of cocaine in August at the Blue Water Bridge were part of a recent regional highlights report from the Canada Border Services Agency.

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The report – covering the period January 1 to October 31, 2021 – says 674.29 kg of narcotics and 166 firearms were seized by border officers in the agency’s southern region which includes Sarnia, Windsor, London, Fort Erie, Niagara Falls and surrounding areas. communities.

The region has seven land borders, two medium-sized airports, three ferry crossings and serves 10 small airports and more than 150 maritime sites, the agency said.

The large cocaine seizures at the Blue Water Bridge involved two incidents in August.

They occurred on August 9 and 31 when commercial trucks driven by residents of Ontario were searched at the border crossing between Point Edward and Port Huron, Mich., And officers reportedly seized a total of approximately 145 kg of cocaine. suspected, the agency said. .

In both cases, the suspects were arrested and turned over to the RCMP.

The agency report also noted an incident on November 1, which occurred outside the reporting period, when a search of the Blue Water Bridge allegedly discovered 56 undeclared prohibited firearms, 13 overcapacity magazines. , 43 pistol magazines with 10 cartridges and 100 cartridges. in boxes in the truck of a car.

A 48-year-old Florida woman has been arrested and charged, the agency said.

This photo from the Canada Border Services Agency shows 56 prohibited firearms reportedly seized on November 1 at the Blue Water Bridge in Point Edward. Handout

The region handled a total of 2,620,820 trucks during the reporting period, representing 58% of Canada’s commercial land border crossings, according to the report.

Officers in the region seized a total of $ 765,334.17 in undeclared currency and monetary instruments, including stocks, bonds, bank drafts, checks and money orders. The report says the total has increased by 80% compared to the same period in 2020.

Large tobacco seizures in the region totaled 244,348.54 kg with a value of more than $ 44.3 million, the agency said.

He added that the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor was responsible for 45 percent of the tobacco seized in the region.

The agency also processed 2,062 asylum claims in the region during this 10-month period of 2021, most of them at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie and the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls.

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