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ITEMS CONFISCATED – Canada Border Services Agency officers seized dozens of animal products and some restricted firearms in May, they reported this week. Photos courtesy of CANADIAN BORDER SERVICES AGENCY

U.S. residents charged after search at border

Two Americans are facing a number of charges after being stopped and inspected by border officials in the Yukon this past spring.

By Whitehorse Star on July 16, 2021

Two Americans are facing a number of charges after being stopped and inspected by border officials in the Yukon this past spring.

“On May 25, 2021, two United States residents who were seeking entry to transit through Canada were referred for secondary examination,” said a news release from Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officials.

“Border services officers conducted a search and seized firearms and firearm parts and detained food, plant and animal products outlined below.”

The items were:

• seven restricted firearms;

• one prohibited firearm;

• 15 prohibited magazines;

• three bobcat skins;

• one bear paw;

• two seal skin hats;

• seven pieces of whale baleen;

• two ivory tusks;

• two ivory ornaments;

• two sheep horns;

• 13 ivory pucks;

• one turkey talon;

• one bear skull; and

• one walrus skull.

“Most of the detained animal products are protected goods under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), Appendix I – III,” the release said.

“CITES falls under Canada’s wildlife trade law – the Wild Animal and Plant Protection and Regulation of International and Interprovincial Trade Act (WAPPRIITA).”

The traveller who claimed ownership of these goods has been charged with the following:

• s. 91(1) Criminal Code – one count of the unauthorized possession of a firearm;

• s. 91(2) Criminal Code – one count of the unauthorized possession of prohibited devices;

• s. 153(a) Customs Act – one count of making false statements; and

• s. 159(1) Customs Act – one count of smuggling.

In addition to the charges and having the prohibited items seized, the traveller was issued an $8,500 penalty by the CBSA for the release of the seized vehicle.  He appeared in court Tuesday.  

Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) collected the wildlife items and issued two penalties, with a $1,200 fine, under the WAPPRIITA.

The location of the border crossing was not specified.

Comments (7)

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YukonMax on Jul 21, 2021 at 6:32 am

Yeah! But did they test negative?

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Boomer on Jul 20, 2021 at 1:15 pm

Does anyone know where this happened? Probably not even in Yukon but BC.

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BnR on Jul 18, 2021 at 12:09 pm

American gunhumpers. They’re a cult.

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hat head on Jul 16, 2021 at 6:57 pm

I bought one of those hats from an Indigenous person in Nome! They cost close to $400 US, and are a responsible use of the pelts. As for the walrus head, they sell those in the gift shops in Nome, too, and I do not think the animals are endangered. I hope they are killing them to eat them, and are just 'using everything'.

As for the guns, almost all of the guns used by gangs come from the USA, so yeah, I agree that they should catch a lot of cucka for that. A bunch of hand guns?!

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yukon56 on Jul 16, 2021 at 6:43 pm

Hope they are in custody, not.

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Dave on Jul 16, 2021 at 6:42 pm

Should have used FedEx....

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naturelover on Jul 16, 2021 at 6:03 pm

The list sounds like the Twelve days of Christmas song.

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