WINDSOR, ON, Sept. 8, 2014 /CNW/ - As a result of an integrated cross
border investigation; federal investigators with the Windsor Detroit
Shiprider team arrested two US citizens on Walpole Island, ON for
Criminal Conspiracy and Excise Act 2001 offences.
On Sept. 3rd, 2014; Shiprider investigators received information from the US Border
Patrol that an individual was engaged in the possible movement of
contraband from United States to Canada through Lake St. Clair.
Windsor Detroit Shiprider acted on the information and immediately
coordinated Canadian marine and land resources to respond. The vessel
was intercepted by an OPP marine unit while moored along the shoreline
of Walpole Island off the Johnson Channel. Shiprider investigators
arrived moments later in their patrol vessel and commenced an
investigation under Customs Act authorities. Two US citizens were
arrested and the vessel was detained
This investigation resulted in a search warrant being executed on a
vehicle and trailer associated with the vessel's occupant. Shiprider
investigators seized 115 cases of water pipe tobacco with each case
weighing an estimated 6kg. Along with the contraband tobacco,
approximately $1700 US, a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder and a 1993 24 foot
Bayliner vessel, were seized by Shiprider investigators.
Two Sterling Heights, Michigan residents - Ali Hassan Abboud (20years
old) and Ahmad Mohammad Abboud (37 years old) are facing criminal
charges of Conspiracy to contravene the Excise Act 2001 and Unlawful
Possession of Unstamped Tobacco for sale contrary to the Excise Act
2001. On Sept. 4th, 2014; both accused appeared in the Ontario Court of Justice in Sarnia,
ON and were held in custody. Their next scheduled court date is Monday,
Sept. 8th, 2014 in Sarnia.
American and Canadian investigations are continuing.
The RCMP and United States Coast Guard would like to acknowledge the
assistance and cooperative efforts of the following law enforcement
agencies who contributed to this investigation: US Border Patrol;
Department of Homeland Security - Homeland Security Investigations; the
Ontario Provincial Police, the Canada Border Services Agency and the
Walpole Island First Nation Police Service.
"The results of this collaborative cross border effort by Canadian and
American law enforcement agencies and the unique capacity of Shiprider
program to advance investigations between international jurisdictions
while respecting national sovereignty should send a clear message that
the international border will no longer provide an exploitative
opportunity for criminal organizations to advance their illegal
enterprises-" said C/Supt. Jennifer Strachan - RCMP Criminal Operations
Officer for Ontario.
"Captain Scott Lemasters, Commander of USCG Sector Detroit, said, "This
is a great success for the Shiprider program. It comes on the heels of
an operation last month where U.S. and Canadian law enforcement
exercised the very same cross-border interdiction capabilities and
authorities as used for this case. We couldn't be more pleased with
"This arrest is a testament to how important partnerships and programs
like Shiprider, the Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET) and the
Border Enforcement Security Taskforce (BEST) are to border security,"
said U.S. Border Patrol Detroit Sector Chief Patrol Agent Mario
Martinez. "Without the collaboration between Canadian and U.S. law
enforcement agencies this apprehension would not have been possible."
Integrated Cross Border Maritime Law Enforcement Operations (Shiprider)
involves specially trained and cross designated officers who have US
Customs Officer Excepted status and Canadian peace officer status.
While in Canadian shared waterways -all operations are undertaken under
the direction and control of Canadian law enforcement officers. The
opposite is true while in US shared waterways. This program provides
a mechanism for law enforcement to advance cross border investigations
and seamlessly transition lead roles between jurisdictions. The
Shiprider team aboard a patrol vessel can cross the international
border while respecting the laws and sovereignty of either nation.
Anyone with any information with respect to cross border criminal
activity is encouraged to contact Canadian Coastal Watch at
1-800-387-0020, Crimestoppers or any local law enforcement agency while
in Canada. For any suspicious maritime activity in the US; the public
is encouraged to call 1- 877-24WATCH
Image with caption: "Seized motor vessel (CNW Group/Royal Canadian Mounted Police)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140908_C8685_PHOTO_EN_42667.jpg
Image with caption: "Seized contraband tobacco (CNW Group/Royal Canadian Mounted Police)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140908_C8685_PHOTO_EN_42666.jpg
Image with caption: "Seized motor vehicle (CNW Group/Royal Canadian Mounted Police)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20140908_C8685_PHOTO_EN_42665.jpg
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
S/Sgt. Peter Koersvelt,
NCO i/c Windsor Serious and Organized Crime
RCMP "O" Division
Website: RCMP in Ontario