Cross Border Services Blog
Cocaine bust in Alberta
At the Sweetgrass / Coutts border crossing into Alberta a transport truck was
pulled over for secondary screening because the driver was on the CBSA radar
as suspected of involvement in drug trafficking. During inspection the CBSA
border officers came across 83 one-kilogram bundles of cocaine stashed in
different locations within the cab area. The cocaine, valued at $5 million, was
found behind the microwave, under a mattress, in a duffel bag and inside the two
jockey boxes. Upon the truck being returned from the impound lot to the truck’s
owner, there was a further 17 one-kilogram packages that had apparently not
been found during inspection at the border. The 54-year-old driver was from
British Columbia and the junior driver, 32 years old, resides in Ontario. The
younger driver was new to Canada and to trucking, barely spoke English and
needed a translator during the inspection, questioning and trial. Both drivers
claimed that they were completely unaware of the cocaine being in the truck.
During the trial it was concluded that there was not enough hard evidence such
as DNA or fingerprints to prove beyond reasonable doubt that these two drivers
had anything to do with the placement of the cocaine in the truck. It was
concluded that the younger driver’s charges of possession with the intent to
traffic and importation of drugs into Canada were dismissed and the senior
driver, 54, his charges were stopped due to his passing away. I chose not to
identify names in this article out of respect to the families related to the death of
one of the drivers.
For more information about this article or safety & compliance programs such as
CTPAT, FAST, PIP, TTP, AEO, CSA, please contact Cross Border Services at
By: Dawn Truell, President, Cross Border Services
July 23, 2018
Notice - Cannabis
Despite the fact that cannabis (marijuana) will become legal and regulated in Canada in the near future, it will remain illegal to take cannabis across Canada’s national borders, whether you are entering or leaving Canada.
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April 11, 2017
Urgent Terror Alert for Truck
Stockholm, Sweden, Friday, April 7, 2017, a
terrorist stole a company's tractor trailer and used it to try to murder
innocent civilians walking in the streets of Stockholm. In Sweden this has not
been experienced before and was completely a shock to everyone there. During
this past year many similar incidents have happened, specifically in Berlin,
Germany, Nice, France, and London, England. The US CBP Department of
Homeland Security, Officer Dan Bauer from the JFK International Airport office,
has issued an urgent notice to all truck drivers, owner operators and
transportation companies to be “..Vigilant and see that their drivers and
vehicles are not in jeopardy of falling victim to such diabolical
actions.” Please see the following
preventative measures suggested by this Officer:
- Maintain regular communication with your dispatcher.
- If rest stops are necessary, park in areas where
other truckers are present. Thieves don’t like crowds.
- Do not stop on dark freeways or deserted areas while
waiting to make deliveries.
- Make it a point to stop at only reputable truck
stops along your route. And don’t stop at the same location every time.
- Be aware of vehicles that are following your truck
and of strangers asking questions about your load.
- Be suspicious of individuals making you stop as a
result of an alleged traffic collision. Hijackers frequently use this ruse
to get drivers to stop. If you are unsure whether a crash has occurred,
drive to a well-lit busy location before stopping.
- Always lock your tractor doors and make sure all
trailer and container doors are secured with a heavy padlock. Keep your
tractor windows up until you are on the open road or freeway.
- Be especially watchful immediately after picking up
your load. The majority of armed hijacking occur within a few miles of the
point of pickup. Freeway on/off ramps are particularly dangerous.
- If you are hijacked or you find that your load has
been stolen, immediately notify the local policy (dial 911) and then your
- If you are hijacked, always and immediately do as
instructed by the thieves, but also listen to what is being said and the
sounds around you. It may provide law enforcement with valuable
information on where your vehicle was taken to.
- Try to provide a description of the suspect(s) and
the vehicle(s) used by the suspects.
- Carry information on your person concerning the ID
of the tractor and trailers including license numbers. Law enforcement
can’t report your truck stolen without this information.
- Do not talk about your load on the radio. Cargo
thieves can and do listen to your conversations.
As per US CBP DHS
Officer Dan Bauer, all of us can fall prey to terrorists, we need to keep diligent
in our day-to-day practices to ensure everyone’s safety.
comments: “Thank you everybody for your
continued participation in this important effort by the program to
maintain secure trade in a safe supply chain. Your input, vigilance, and
expertise has been critical to our successes up to this point. A long
road is still ahead but we are confident that with your help we will get to
where we need to be.”
For more information about transportation
and aiding in the fight against drug smuggling, anti terrorism, safety &
compliance programs such as C-TPAT, FAST, PIP, CSA, please contact Cross Border
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By: Dawn Truell, President, Cross Border Services
Sept 13, 2016
3 days post truck driver charged in the death of an Ottawa cyclist, president of Greater Ottawa Truckers Association Ron Barr, defending truck drivers, "bikes shouldn't have been made equal to trucks on the road."
Conley, the truck driver, charged with criminal negligence causing death, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison, and dangerous driving causing death, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison.
There are limitations for Truck Drivers due to the size of their vehicles, if you can imagine, they cannot see you when they are turning, the mirrors don't allow the truck driver to see behind, beside or underneath whilst in a turn. Please be aware of this fact and be cautious when riding a bicycle near a Truck.
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
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the Transportation Industry we have all been told about the importance of
conducting our safety inspections
pre trip and post trip. These safety
inspections are mandatory for both our driver logs for the MTO and DOT
requirements as well as those of us who are part of the C-TPAT, FAST
, PIP and
. But, are we all actually doing this every single day prior to
every single load that we do? Somewhere I think that the importance for safety
has been lost.
an innocent passenger vehicle driving along the highway 400 near King City, ON,
January 27, 2015, 9:20 AM, was struck by two flying loose commercial truck tires.
The gentleman driving that vehicle was killed when the two tires hit the
windshield shattering it to bits and collapsing the roof of his vehicle. Unfortunately
the truck driver, carrying a load of lumber, continued for 2 km before stopping
to realize what had just happened. The 69-year-old, Paul Koenderman, from
Burlington, ON, former CEO of Aecon Group Inc., was air lifted to a Toronto hospital
where he died from his injuries sustained when the two 200 lb. truck tires came
loose from the commercial truck body and hit his GMC Yukon.
amount of truck tires coming loose from the truck bodies whilst driving has
increased from 2010 and in fact just last year in 2015 there were 127 incidents
of these detached wheels just in Ontario.
the new Operation Wheel Check that was launched in Ontario in December 2015,
the requirements are getting more strict and to enforce this action the fines
are getting steeper ranging from $2,000 for minor infraction to $50,000 for
wheel separation. Daily inspections
are an absolute liability law by the MTO
and requires companies to do specific specialized training for the technicians
that are involved in the wheel installations.
enforcement with on-road inspections by specially trained police officers has
become the norm and their eyes are peeled for those operators failing to do
their proper inspections. Just since December 2015 there have been 1,800 trucks
and 10,000 wheels inspected by the ministry.
corners for truck safety inspections seems like a time saving idea when one is
in a hurry to make a shipment as time is money in our JIT era, however, we must
remember that lives are far more important here than monetary gains, after all,
what are we working for everyday? Money to support our lives and our families;
think about everyone else’s families out there that we could potentially be
putting in danger by not performing our daily pre trip and post trip
inspections properly. It shouldn’t have to take someone’s life to remind us of
how important these safety inspections truly are. The trucking company involved
in this unfortunate accident stated that their last inspection on this truck
was done January 22 and that their standard practice is to only inspect the
trucks once per week; according to MTO standards, you must inspect your truck
Daily for safety of the vehicle
including it’s tires.