March 28, 2019 Fort Erie, Ontario Canada Border Services Agency
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today the seizure of over 10,000 kilograms of undeclared loose leaf tobacco at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie.
On March 16, 2019, a border services officer working at Peace Bridge Commercial Operations referred a tractor trailer with a shipment declared as automotive parts for a secondary examination.
Upon examining the trailer, border services officers discovered 102 boxes of undeclared loose leaf tobacco weighing a total of 10,178 kg with an estimated value of $1.01 million. All tobacco was seized.
The truck driver, Robert Wilhelm Gunther, of Kitchener (Ontario) was charged by the CBSA with:
– False or deceptive statements, contrary to the Customs Act, section 153(a);
– Evasion of compliance, contrary to the Customs Act, section 153(c);
– Attempt to smuggle, contrary to the Customs Act, section 159; and,
– Unlawful Possession of Unstamped Tobacco Products, contrary to the Excise Act, section 32(1).
Gunther is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines on May 2, 2019.
The investigation continues.
“I am very proud of our officers and our investigators for their vigilance and dedication to ensure that our borders are not used for illegal activity.”
– Kim Upper, Acting Director, Fort Erie District Operations, Southern Ontario Region, Canada Border Services Agency
The CBSA’s role is to facilitate the entry of legitimate travel and trade.
Smuggling and other Customs Act offences may lead to seizure action and/or prosecution in a court of law.
If you have information about suspicious cross-border activity, please contact the CBSA toll-free Border Watch Line at 1-888-502-9060.