Police Intercept Illicit Export of Nuclear Technology

    NEWMARKET, ON, April 17 /CNW/ - On Thursday the 16th of April, 2009,
charges were brought against a Toronto resident after an extensive
investigation conducted by the RCMP Greater Toronto Customs and Excise Section
in partnership with the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), the Department
of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), and the US Department of
Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
    The RCMP allege a Toronto resident attempted to procure and export items
known as "pressure transducers." This device, which is used in the production
of enriched uranium, has a legitimate commercial use but can also be used for
military applications. The police investigation shows that steps to conceal
the identification specifications of these transducers were taken in order to
export the items without the required export permits.
    Facing charges under the Customs Act and Export Import Permits Act is
Mahmoud YADEGARI of Toronto, Ontario. The investigation is ongoing and further
charges may follow. YADEGARI is currently in custody pending a bail hearing at
Old City Hall court, Toronto.
    Counter Proliferation of Controlled Goods investigations are undertaken
to stop the shipment of strategic technology when there are indications that
they may be diverted to illicit end-users. Canada has a long-standing nuclear
non-proliferation policy designed to ensure its exports of strategic
technologies are not used for any illicit purposes. Canada is also a signatory
to a variety of international agreements requiring domestic controls on the
movement of Controlled Goods.
    The RCMP Customs & Excise Program works in close collaboration with
industry, domestic and international government partners, law enforcement and
the community to disrupt and prevent the illicit traffic, diversion and
proliferation of strategic goods and technology.
    Inspector Greg Johnson, officer in charge of the GTA Customs and Excise
Section stated, "The RCMP is committed to working with our domestic and
international partners to ensure that strategic goods are not unlawfully
exported from Canada and that anyone engaged in illicit proliferation
activities is brought to justice."
    The United States counterpart to the RCMP's Custom & Excise Section and
this investigation is the US Homeland Security's, Immigration and Customs
Enforcement (ICE) which is responsible for investigating the illegal export of
U.S. military products and sensitive technologies from the United States
through its Counter Proliferation Investigations (CPI) Unit.
    "ICE's partnerships with foreign law enforcement agencies such as the
Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Canada Border Services Agency enhance
collaborative efforts to investigate and disrupt illegal procurement networks
seeking to circumvent the law. This joint investigation is a clear
illustration of our combined commitment to stopping the illegal trafficking of
controlled goods and sensitive technologies" stated Bruce M. Foucart, ICE
Special Agent in Charge of the U.S. ICE Office of Investigations in Boston.
    The Federal government has created multi-departmental working groups to
discuss and identify strategies to further strengthen Canada's counter
proliferation efforts - that is, efforts to prevent the illicit diversion of
controlled goods and technology by countries, organizations or individuals of
proliferation concern. The Departments involved are Department of Foreign
Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT), Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP),
Department of National Defence (DND), Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA),
Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC), Public Works and Government
Services Canada (PWGSC), Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the
Department of Finance.
    The officer in charge of the RCMP GTA Customs and Excise Section as well
as a representative from Canada Border Services Agency, US Homeland Security,
ICE and subject matter experts will be available for interviews today;

    Friday April 17th, 2009
    at 1 pm at the RCMP Toronto West Detachment
    2755 Highpoint Drive
    Milton, Ontario.

For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Marc LAPORTE, RCMP "O" Division, Media
Relations Officer, Office: (519) 640-7302, Mobile: (416) 992-4409

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