From Woolly Mammoth tusks to $100k worth of jewellery – anything can happen at the border

Niagara Falls, Ontario – This September the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) continued to seize numerous weapons and firearms at border crossings in the Southern Ontario Region. Additionally, the Agency encountered an undeclared allotment of jewellery with an estimated value of just under CAN$100,000 as well as an undervalued Woolly Mammoth tusk.

On September 9, a vehicle driven by a female U.S. resident crossed at the Ambassador Bridge and was referred for further examination. The examination of her vehicle revealed several empty jewellery boxes. A subsequent search of the woman’s handbag resulted in the discovery of a large quantity of gold jewellery, which the woman stated was from Dubai. Although the driver was allowed to proceed into Canada, the jewellery was detained for appraisal and its value was determined to be CAN$99,000. The Customs Act charges of non-report, making false statements, and attempting to evade the payment of taxes were laid against the woman and an arrest warrant was issued. She has not yet been apprehended.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)


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