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Thursday, 05 January 2012 09:51

A glance at the last year at the border

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Submitted by Canada Border Services Agency
Two kilos of cocaine seized from an Alberta couple at Coutts and several significant firearm seizures at Coutts and Carway. These are just two of the highlights the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has to share from 2011.

Key highlights for 2011

Processing people:

• 980,000 travellers and 360,000 cars entered Canada at seven land border crossings — 63 per cent of that volume was at Coutts;

• 2,300 work permits issued to temporary foreign workers;

• 5,000 people were landed as permanent residents (the majority were qualified in the skilled worker and provincial nominee classes);

• 175 study permits issued to students attending school or post-secondary institution;

• 125 temporary resident permits issued to visitors;

• 32 claims for refugee protection.

Enforcing laws:

• 1,200 foreign nationals refused entry into Canada;

• Joseph Dale Butler sentenced to two years in jail for smuggling currency in 2009;

• $130,937 in undeclared currency seized.

Protecting Canadians and borders:

• 64 drug seizures, resulting in 2.8 kilos and 30 doses of drugs, including cocaine and marijuana;

• 67 firearms seized, including 21 prohibited firearms;

• 265 weapons seized, including stun guns, knives, etc.;

• Seven child pornography seizures and arrests;

• CBSA joint investigation reveals international gun smuggling ring and leads to three arrests and several seizures.

Processing goods:

• 160,000 commercial trucks entered Canada;

• 700 freight trains entered Canada via Coutts;

• 315,000 commercial importations.

Working in the community:

• Thousands of dollars raised for local charities, including Lethbridge and Milk River food banks;

• Presentations to school groups on the CBSA;

• CBSA Ceremonial Unit attended several special events in the community, including Remembrance Day ceremonies and Wreaths Across America ceremony.

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