Failure to declare leads to charges at Campobello port of entry

Campobello, New Brunswick – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announces a seizure of a firearm and other goods and related charges at the Campobello, New Brunswick port of entry (POE).

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On July 11, 2017, Robert Edward De Vico from New Hampshire sought entry to Canada through the POE of Campobello and was referred for secondary examination. The exam resulted in the discovery of various undeclared goods in a recreational vehicle including:

  • One prohibited .38 caliber revolver
  • Large amount of undeclared US currency
  • Two grams of suspected marijuana
  • 7.25 L of alcohol

De Vico was subsequently arrested and charged under paragraph 153(a) of the Customs Act for making false statements and under subsection 12(1) of the Customs Act for failing to declare imported goods.

On July 13, 2017, De Vico appeared in Saint John Provincial Court to answer to these charges, pled guilty to both, and was fined $2,000.

Firearms are high-risk commodities and their interdiction is a CBSA enforcement priority. Travellers who do not declare firearms upon arrival can face arrest, seizure, monetary penalties, and criminal prosecution. Failing to declare firearms can also make visitors inadmissible to Canada.

“This was yet another excellent interception by CBSA officers in the Atlantic Region. I commend our officers for their vigilance and ability to stop prohibited goods from entering Canada. Travellers need to understand that they cannot bring their firearms into Canada without properly declaring them at the border.” – Calvin Christiansen, Regional Director General, CBSA Atlantic Region

Quick Facts

  • CBSA officers in Atlantic Region have seized 11 undeclared firearms from January 1 to July 13, 2017.
  • If you need information about importing a specific firearm or weapon, contact the Canadian Firearms Program at 1-800-731-4000 or the Border Information Service.
  • 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


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