CORNWALL, ON, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) along
with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) have seized approx 1800
pounds of frozen poultry product which was smuggled into Canada from
the USA. The investigation, which included the execution of a search
warrant at a local Cornwall residence, is ongoing at this time and
charges are pending. The boxes containing the illicit poultry were marked "unfit for human
consumption" by the US authorities.
This investigation commenced on February 4th, 2011, when CBSA officers working at the Cornwall Port of Entry
conducted a check of a suspect vehicle returning to Canada from the
USA. CBSA officers located an undisclosed amount of chicken, which
bore no stamps and was not refrigerated.
Upon further investigation, a search warrant was executed at a Cornwall
residence, resulting in the arrest of another suspect and large
quantity of chicken.
The total amount of chicken seized was 820 kilograms (1804 pounds).
CRTF members and CBSA officers noted strong rancid odors emanating from
the vehicle where the chicken was located, thereby suggesting the
chicken was not fit for human consumption. Most of the chicken had
begun to thaw and was being stored in a non-refrigerated vehicle. As
the vehicle seized at the Port of Entry was registered in St Eustache,
Quebec, it is believed that the chicken was destined for the Quebec
market, location unknown.
The investigation thus far indicates that the chicken had not been
inspected in either the USA or Canada, and the suspects in this case
have been unable to produce any permits enabling them to have this
chicken in their possession.
Two (2) males have been arrested in relation to this investigation and
will be charged under Sec. 159 of the Customs Act and Sec. 9 of the
Meat Inspection Act.
Cst. Juneau further stated: "This type of investigation, although not
usual, is very serious. CRTF members, along with our partners, will
continue to investigate criminal activities that could affect the
safety and well being of our country and its citizens. In this matter,
the meat was not processed in a federal establishment. In the absence
of proper inspection protocols, there are no guarantees on how the
chicken was handled, including during its transportation. The
distribution of uninspected meat could have been very serious
The CRTF is a joint forces partnership including the RCMP, CBSA, OPP,
MOR and CCPS.
SOURCE Cornwall Regional Task Force
For further information:
|Sgt. Lee Côté || || ||Sgt. Kristine Rae|
|Cornwall Regional Task Force || || ||Ontario Provincial Police|
|613-937-7356 || || ||613-285-5479|