JOHN ROBBINS/Bullet News
FORT ERIE – Border agents at the Peace Bridge have a million reasons to smile.
The Canada Border Services Agency is reporting a seizure of $1 million worth of contraband tobacco, intercepted at the Fort Erie to Buffalo crossing.
Officials say a tractor-trailer diverted to secondary inspection on the Canadian side of the bridge on July 30 contained 132 boxes filled with 14,370 kilograms of fine-cut tobacco.
The shipment had allegedly been declared as corrugated boxes en route to a recycling plant.
The incident remains under investigation. As of yet, no criminal charges have been laid, but may be forthcoming.
This brings the total value of tobacco seizures in the Southern Ontario Region since January 1, 2013 to over $4.6 million.
“Contraband tobacco is a threat to the security and health of Canadians,” said David Berardi, acting regional director general for CBSA’s Southern Ontario Region.
“Border services officers are vigilant when it comes to ensuring that our borders are not used for illegal activities. This significant tobacco seizure is another example of how our officers are keeping contraband tobacco out of 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. All calls are completely confidential.
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