The Canada Border Services Agency checked more than 134,000 travellers as they crossed into Manitoba from the United States last month.
The agency said yesterday that included 51,000 cars and 25,300 commercial trucks. All told, more than 80 work permits were issued, plus four study permits, and nearly 250 new immigrants were processed.
However, on the negative side of the coin, border officers made 17 seizures through the month and issued $7,500 in penalties for undeclared or smuggled goods. A few of those were in Westman.
In Boissevain, on March 9, a Manitoba woman declared a horse she had purchased in the U.S. as being worth $2,770, even though she had actually paid more than $6,600. Officers seized the horse and returned it to the woman after she paid a $2,100 penalty for its return.
Then, on March 14, officers issued a $500 penalty to a North Dakota woman who had five grams of marijuana hidden in her vehicle. She was refused entry and returned to the U.S. once the penalty was paid.
Finally, at the Goodlands crossing, south of Deloraine, on March 26, a couple was returning to Canada after a two-month vacation down south. As officers were examining their vehicle, they found 22 bottles of vitamin supplements that had not been declared. The couple was issued a $460 penalty for not declaring the vitamins. Had a proper declaration been made, just $240 would have been owing in sales taxes.
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