RCMP arrest jewellery smuggler at Pearson International Airport

    TORONTO, Jan. 28 /CNW/ - On Monday, January 26th, 2009 RCMP Customs &
Excise officers at Toronto Airport Detachment and CBSA Criminal Investigators
commenced a joint investigation into an alleged jewellery smuggler who would
be entering Canada this date from Germany.
    Mr. David REIN (54 years of age), an American citizen who resides in New
York City, was arrested after failing to declare an estimated $600,000 CAD in
jewellery. Officers found REIN to be outfitted with a custom made vest under
his clothes, in which he concealed over 1700 pieces jewellery including gold
chains, bracelets and charms. The jewellery weighed over 13 kilos.
    REIN was charged with three counts under the Customs Act (smuggling,
making a false statement, and evading duties) and held for a bail hearing. He
is also subject to an Immigration Hold.
    "This case is a great example of the work we can accomplish when we
collaborate with our partners" said Sgt Mia Poscente, who heads up the Customs
& Excise team. "It undermines the fabric of our economy when people circumvent
the system by not paying taxes and gaining an unfair competitive edge on those
who obey the rules. The public is tired of it. We take our responsibilities at
the border seriously and make all efforts to prevent the unlawful importation
of all commodities. Anyone with information on smugglers is encouraged to
contact their local RCMP."
    "This seizure is an excellent example of the outstanding work resulting
from the combination of the expertise and resources of all law enforcement
agencies to stop smugglers," added Robert Thompson, CBSA Criminal
Investigations Director.
    Photographs of this seizure are available by e-mail at

For further information:

For further information: Sgt. Marc LaPorte, RCMP Media Liaison Officer,
Office: (519) 640-7302, Cell: (416) 992-4409; or Patrizia Giolti, CBSA Media
Liaison Officer, Office: (905) 803-5218

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