Luxury cars, guns and watches among border guards’ top confiscations of the year

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Some luxury items are on the list of goods confiscated in New Brunswick by the Canada Border Services Agency this year.

The agency released its operational highlights for 2021 on Tuesday.

The tally includes a total of 52 stolen vehicles that were recovered from the ports of Saint John and Halifax.

The statement does not indicate how many were found in Saint John, but some of the vehicles included “pickup trucks, cars, SUVs and various luxury vehicles.”

The vehicles were handed over to local law enforcement.

CBC News contacted the agency about the highlights, but was told no one would be available for an interview until December 22.

Many weapons found

Narcotics and guns were another common theme in this year’s highlights.

The agency lists a banned handgun and spring blade (an example would be a switch blade) found by officers in St. Stephen.

Border guards at St. Stephen, Clair, Edmundston and Woodstock have confiscated weapons, including handguns similar to the one in this file photo.

The guns were found in an RV owned by American tourists on their way to a camping trip to Nova Scotia.

“The weapons were seized, a fine of $ 1,500 was imposed and travelers were refused entry to Canada,” the agency said.

Border guards were also able to seize handguns and stun guns at the Clair, Edmundston and Woodstock border crossings.

Nothing to report?

The annual highlights also included a warning for travelers who believe they can move legal, but expensive, goods across the border without paying taxes and duties.

In June, border guards in St. Stephen interviewed two Canadians returning from a trip to Florida.

After a search, the guards found two boxes of luxury watches, but no watches.

An attempt to smuggle luxury watches (like the ones in this archive photo) across the border cost a few Canadians a pretty penny. (Rafferty Baker / CBC)

Upon further investigation, it was noted that both Canadians appeared to be wearing expensive watches. It turns out that travelers bought the watches in Florida and tried to drag them across the border.

If they had declared the watches, they would have had to pay $ 5,800.32 in duties and taxes.

But because they misled the guards, the watches were confiscated and the owners would have to pay $ 11,600.64 to get them back.


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