In their continued commitment to keeping our borders safe and secure, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers in southern Alberta seized 51 undeclared firearms last year, representing the largest annual total since 2012. In one case at the Carway border crossing on May 3, officers seized three undeclared firearms – including two handguns – from a storage compartment underneath a bed in a travel trailer. The Coutts border crossing recorded the most firearms seizures (39) out of any border crossing in Western Canada.
CBSA officers also made 60 drug seizures in southern Alberta. Recently retired detector dog Trooper, who had more than 100 CBSA seizures under his collar, assisted in some of these cases; new detector dog Comet was also involved in multiple drug cases at Coutts since starting in December.
Part of the CBSA’s mandate is to screen for dangerous people; in one case at the Chief Mountain border crossing on July 24, officers refused entry to a U.S. man who had recently been convicted of domestic battery and driving under the influence. On November 22, Coutts officers referred an Alberta man to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police after he failed a breathalyzer test.
While protecting Canada’s front line in 2015, CBSA officers encountered a variety of situations, including the following:
- In January, CBSA officers at Coutts assisted someone who suspected he was having a heart attack. Officers attended to the driver while waiting for ambulances to arrive.
- CBSA officers at the Wild Horse border crossing arrested a New York man on March 10 after finding 4.5 grams of suspected marijuana in a potato-chip can that had been modified with a false bottom. The drugs were seized and the traveller was refused entry to Canada.
- On August 5, a large rattlesnake entered the secondary examination area at Wild Horse. Officers sectioned off the area and the snake slithered away to the United States before a pest-control team could arrive.
- CBSA officers in southern Alberta processed more than: 1,145,000 travellers in 464,000 cars and 129,000 commercial trucks.
- While fulfilling their duty to screen travellers entering Canada, they also executed 256 seizure actions.
“Albertans can be confident in the fact that the CBSA continues to keep dangerous goods and people out of Canada. We remain committed to providing the highest standard of border security for those who call this province home.”
Kim R. Scoville
Regional Director General, Prairie Region, Canada Border Services Agency