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Cocaine Bust in Alberta

Posted on February 19, 2019 at 10:19 AM Comments comments (167)
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
www.crossborderservices.org [email protected] 

Notice - Cannabis

Posted on July 23, 2018 at 11:00 AM Comments comments (108)
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. 

PARIS SHOOTING YET ANOTHER ISIS ATTACK

Posted on April 21, 2017 at 9:58 AM Comments comments (419)
ISIS Claims responsibility for Paris attack killing Officer. Far Right Candidate for President of France, Le Pen, Closes Islamic Mosques fearing terrorists, she wants this to stop! Good job! Election pending. www.c-tpat-certified.com  www.crossborderservices.ca   

Urgent Terror Alert for Truck Drivers

Posted on April 12, 2017 at 10:44 AM Comments comments (70)


 
April 11, 2017
 
Urgent Terror Alert for Truck Drivers
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:
  1. Maintain regular communication with your dispatcher.
  2. If rest stops are necessary, park in areas where other truckers are present. Thieves don’t like crowds.
  3. Do not stop on dark freeways or deserted areas while waiting to make deliveries.
  4. Make it a point to stop at only reputable truck stops along your route. And don’t stop at the same location every time.
  5. Be aware of vehicles that are following your truck and of strangers asking questions about your load.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. If you are hijacked or you find that your load has been stolen, immediately notify the local policy (dial 911) and then your dispatcher.
  10. 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.
  11. Try to provide a description of the suspect(s) and the vehicle(s) used by the suspects.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
 
Dan’s further 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 Services at www.crossborderservices.ca  [email protected]