Pair of border busts end in seizure of 3.4 million in loose tobacco
Customs agents at two of Niagara's border bridges getting kudos from the federal Public Safety Minister following two major busts this month.
On January 16th , border officers at the QUeenston Lewiston bridge seized a shipment of 132 boxes of raw cut tobacco declared as recycled paper.
The boxes contained over 13 thousand kilograms of loose tobacco worth 1.7 million dollars.
The same day, a driver transporting a sea container was sent for a secondary inspection on the Peace Bridge where officers found 99 boxes with over 13 thousand kilos of loose tobacco also valued at 1.7 million.
The tobacco had been declared as an herbal leaf formulation.
Public Safety Minister Vic Toews says, "He commends the vigilance of the officers who are highly trained to detect and stop the flow of contraband goods."