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Posted on March 22, 2016 at 10:37 AM
                                               
On March 1, 2016, a Minnesota man pleaded guilty in a Winnipeg, Manitoba Court, to child pornography and was sentenced to 2 ½ years. Robert William Roske from Minnesota was found smuggling digital and video images on his electronic devices in his immediate possession, of child pornography. Roske was attempting to enter Canada at the Sprague, MB port and was luckily referred for secondary screening at which point he was caught and arrested. CBSA further investigated and discovered 1,954 images and 389 video files, all of child pornography, in Roske’s possession. CBSA, RCMP and Police are really cracking down on this revolting criminal act. For the protection of all of our children; we thank all of these Officers.
 
While carrying a load of tomatoes, truck driver Wayne Douglas Rutherford, 63, from Colborne, ON, pleaded guilty to drug smuggling when he was caught crossing the Ambassador Bridge border into Canada with $6 million worth of cocaine and methamphetamine. He had hidden the drugs in bricks within a false wall panel in the nose of his trailer. He had in his possession 47 kilograms of cocaine and 17 kilograms of methamphetamine and was convicted and charged with possession with the purpose of trafficking. Rutherford had picked up the drugs in Sacramento, CA after dropping a load of PVC pipes that had originated in Ontario, CA. From there they picked up a load of tomatoes that were destined for Montreal, CA. During routine x-ray of the truck, the strange looking added panel was found, once opened the drugs were found inside. When Rutherford pleaded guilty, he admitted to being a drug trafficker and using his truck to carry drugs to and from USA and Canada.
 
On a recent Toronto bound flight incoming from Mexico, 188 kilograms of cocaine was discovered. On January 17, 2016, during a routine cargo screening at the Toronto Airport, Canada Border Services Agency Officers found and seized the cocaine that was hidden in two wooden crates bundled into 100 bricks. The RCMP was called in for investigation and arrests.
 
If you suspect anything suspicious or illegal please call either 911 or the CBSA Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-888-502-9060.
 
For further information regarding Safety & Security Training, C-TPAT, FAST, PIP, TTP & CSA, please contact Dawn Truell, Cross Border Services at: www.crossborderservices.org    [email protected] 

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