$3.7M of tobacco seized by CBSA at Ambassador Bridge
The Canada Border Services Agency announced on Friday that it made two tobacco busts at the Ambassador Bridge.
On Aug. 14, a commercial driver entered Canada with a shipment the agency claimed was declared as frozen apple slices.
The driver was referred for a secondary inspection, where CBSA officers say they found the shipment actually contained 116 boxes filled with 15,497 kg of loose leaf tobacco.
The CBSA said the tobacco has an approximate street value of $1.9 million.
The driver, an Ontario resident, was arrested and charged, and is scheduled to appear in court in October. The investigation is ongoing.
Then, on September 2, a commercial driver entered Canada with a shipment declared as rubber mulch. During a secondary inspection, the CBSA says the majority of the shipment was found to actually contain 14,505 kg of loose tobacco with an approximate street value of $1.8 million.
The driver, a Quebec resident, was arrested and charged, and is scheduled to appear in court in November.
Since January 2013, CBSA officers in the southern Ontario region have seized tobacco worth over $8.3 million.