A Hamilton man was charged with importing and possessing child pornography when he flew into Hamilton International Airport this weekend.

The man was returning from a trip to the Dominican Republic around 4 p.m. on Nov. 4 when Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) found pornographic images on his cell phone, the agency said.

The agency contacted Hamilton Police Service, which is continuing the investigation through its internet child exploitation unit. CBSA officers have the legal authority to examine personal baggage and goods when Canadians return to the country, a CBSA spokesperson said. This includes any electronic devices that could contain obscene material.

The majority of seizures now involve electronic devices such as cell phones, flashcards, memory sticks and other handheld storage devices, Antonella Di Girolamo told CBC Hamilton in an email.

"CBSA officers are always on the lookout for this type of material and are trained to intercept prohibited material in all forms," she said.

The 55-year-old man is charged with importing and possessing child pornography.