REGINA – The Canadian Border Service Agency made a few major busts at the North Portal border crossing during the month of March.
On March 23, Neal Ainsworth Jr. was fined $10,000 after he plead guilty to charges that stemmed from an incident at the North Portal Crossing.
According to the Canadian Border Service Agency (CBSA), on March 21, Ainsworth was sent for a secondary check after he declared he had no firearms. The agency said when he was driving to the examination area, he tossed a loaded .45-calibre handgun on the pavement. Officers also found a switch blade in the man’s console.
The largest enforcement bust at the North Portal happened on March 24 when officers offloaded a commercial trailer and found 1,612 switchblade knives. Penalties are pending and the knives were seized with no terms of release – they are prohibited in Canada.
Officers at North Portal crossing also made two child porn busts – the first one on March 8 and the second one on March 26. In the first case, the CBSA detained a man bound for Alaska after finding a suspected prohibited image on his cellphone.
After they seized his device for further examination, they allowed the man to continue into Canada.
In the second case, officers arrested a U.S. commercial driver after finding images of suspected child porn on his laptops. The man and his devices were turned over to the RCMP.