CBSA Detector Dog Holly retires at North Portal in August

Saskatchewan, Canada – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is pleased to share a sample of August highlights from its border crossings in Saskatchewan:


Detector Dog Holly hung up her collar at the North Portal border crossing on August 12 after more than nine years of service with the CBSA. During that time, she assisted in 216 seizure actions, sniffing out guns and drugs across Saskatchewan. Holly put her ability as a detector dog on full display at the annual Canadian Police Canine Association Trials, winning three years in a row and finishing twice as the runner-up. Upon retirement, she was immediately adopted by her former handler.

At the Regway border crossing, officers seized an undeclared, .45-calibre semi-automatic handgun while examining a semi-truck and trailer on August 16. The traveller was released on a recognizance order (promise to appear), and CBSA charges are pending. Officers also seized two rifles and a shotgun, which had not been declared, from the bed of a Florida man’s pickup truck on August 21. He was detained and paid a $250 penalty for their return before being turned back to the United States because of a previous conviction of vehicular homicide.

Detector Dog Holly
Detector Dog Holly

At North Portal, officers seized seven overcapacity magazines, including five for a semi-automatic assault rifle, from a male traveller moving to Alaska on August 12. On August 22, officers seized a prohibited stun gun, wrapped in clothing, from the cab of a Missouri commercial driver. The man paid a $500 penalty for failing to declare. Both travellers were allowed to continue into Canada.

At the Monchy border crossing on August 21, officers seized a suspected cannabis chocolate bar from a California man, and he was allowed to continue into Canada.

Every month, officers refuse entry to foreign nationals for a variety of reasons – some for serious criminal records:

  • At North Portal, officers turned around a U.S. man convicted of attempted aggravated murder, and another convicted of domestic assault.
  • At Estevan Highway, officers refused entry to a U.S. man with convictions including hit-and-run and manufacturing/delivering tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
  • At Oungre, officers refused entry to a U.S. man with pending charges for forgery and fraud.
  • On August 7 at North Portal, officers refused entry to a U.S. male who said he was visiting a friend in Canada. Officers found he actually intended to work on a farm. On August 24, officers issued an exclusion order against a foreign national student applying for a work permit, as he had not enrolled for his program and had already been working in Canada – without authorization. He is barred from entering Canada for one year, and has since left the country.

Canada Border Services Agency