Boissevain border officers sniffed out the true value of a box of vitamins in the only noteworthy bust at that customs office in January.
According to the Canadian Border Services Agency, a Manitoba woman was returning to the country on Jan. 23 with a box of vitamins that she declated as worth $150. Although she initially told customs that she didn't have a receipt, she later coughed one up, which showed she had paid more than $750 US.
The woman was fined nearly $200; had she been forthright about the vitamins, she would have paid less than $50 in GST.
Elsewhere in the province it was also relatively quiet, although several Americans were turned away at the Emerson crossing south of Winnipeg after officers discovered their criminal records.
All told more than 110,000 people entered the province at the 16 land border crossings in southern Manitoba through the month, travelling in almost 41,000 cars and 21,800 commercial trucks.
Officers refused entry to 60 people for various reasons. They also issued 85 work permits, 14 study permits and granted permanent resident status to 121 people. Eight travellers had goods seized, resulting in $1,675 worth of penalties.