Border guards at the Boissevain crossing spotted a couple of would-be smugglers in February.
Highlights from the month’s worth of border crossings were released Thursday by the Canada Border Services Agency, which said that more than 113,000 people crossed into Manitoba from the United States last month.
In total, they made 12 seizures and issued a total of $4,000 in penalties for undeclared goods or smuggled contraband that were found during searches.
Most of the incidents were at the Emerson crossing south of Winnipeg, but two of them were reported at the Boissevain crossing in Westman.
On Feb. 4, according to the CBSA, two Manitoba men were returning from a week-long trip and declared $560 in purchases and two litres of alcohol. However, officers searching the vehicle found more than five litres of undeclared alcohol in a briefcase in the back of the travellers’ truck. The passenger admitted that it was his suitcase and that he knew what was inside. Officers seized the alcohol permanently before allowing the pair to continue into Canada.
Then, on Feb. 15, a Manitoba man was returning to Canada in an SUV that officers decided to search. Inside, they found a large number of undeclared items, including 13 tires, nine rims and a snowmobile gear drive, worth a total of about $5,450.
Officers issued the man a penalty of nearly $1,375. They estimate that if properly declared, he would have paid around $275 in taxes.
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