Cornwall, Ontario – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that Franklin Roundpoint, a Cornwall Island resident, was sentenced to a 75-day term in jail, probation and $2,140 in fines for running the Cornwall port of entry.
On October 26, 2016, Roundpoint was travelling from Cornwall Island and was referred for a secondary examination. He ignored the directions and fled the Cornwall port of entry at a high rate of speed, damaging the port runner gate and the toll booth gate as he returned towards Cornwall Island.
Roundpoint was charged with hindering an officer (under paragraph153.1 (b) of the Customs Act) and evading compliance (under paragraph 53(c) of the Customs Act) and a summons was issued. Cornwall City Police Services were contacted and laid charges of mischief under $5,000 for the broken gates.
Roundpoint appeared in court on June 29, 2017 and was found guilty of evading compliance and mischief for running the port of entry.
“This jail sentence and fine sends an important message that running the port of entry is not taken lightly by the courts. Port running is extremely dangerous and puts many people at risk of serious injury. Port runners will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” – Jeff Davidson, Director, Enforcement and Intelligence Operations Division
- Port running includes passing through the port of entry without stopping, failing to remain or leaving the confines of a CBSA port of entry without being released by the border services officer.
- All port runners may be subject to prosecution.
Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity is encouraged to call the CBSA Border Watch toll-free line at 1-888-502-9060.
Canada Border Services Agency