Foreign High-Risk Sex Offender Arrested in Canada

    TORONTO, Oct. 17 /CNW/ - A high risk sex offender has been arrested in
Toronto shortly after his arrival in Canada. Derrick BLACKSON (45) a citizen
of the United Kingdom (UK) was located and arrested within hours of
information being provided to Canadian authorities by INTERPOL.
    The Immigration Task Force was advised by INTERPOL that BLACKSON had been
declared a high-risk sex offender by UK authorities, and that he had left
England contrary to a court order. Acting on this information the Immigration
Task Force conducted an investigation and surveillance operation that located
BLACKSON in a downtown Toronto Hotel. He was arrested for being inadmissible
for entry to Canada due to criminal activity, and is facing charges of
Misrepresentation under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. BLACKSON
is in custody awaiting an immigration hearing.
    "Public Safety is our foremost priority," stated Inspector Glenn Hanna of
the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). "Quick work and cooperation by
investigators in the UK and Canada helped assure that safety with this arrest,
which was made within 20 hours of the information being received in Toronto."

    The Immigration Task Force is a high-risk fugitive apprehension unit
composed of members of the RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency, Toronto Police
Service and the Ontario Provincial Police.

For further information:

For further information: Sgt Marc Laporte, RCMP Media Relations, O (519)
640-7302, C (416) 992-4409

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