OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 2012) - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) today released statistics for the first quarter of the 2012/2013 fiscal year. These numbers, covering the period of April through June 2012--represent the wide range of work done by the CBSA to prevent crime within and at our borders and abroad, by seizing inadmissible goods and denying the entry of inadmissible individuals, remove inadmissible individuals and intercept improperly documented travellers abroad, all while facilitating legitimate trade and travel.
Some highlights from the first quarter include:
- Over $100 million of illegal narcotics were seized across the country. This includes over $60 million in cocaine alone, and nearly $2 million in khat seizures. The seized khat represents roughly 50,000 bundles of the drug which will never make it onto Canadian streets.
- CBSA officers removed more than 3,800 inadmissible persons from Canada, including 306 who were inadmissible for criminality, serious criminality, national security reasons or participation in war crimes and crimes against humanity. In addition, over 14,000 individuals were denied entry to Canada.
- Nearly 25 million travellers were processed through Canada's various ports of entry, and over 9 million cars, trucks and busses were cleared throughout the quarter.
These successes are a point of pride for the Agency and serve to demonstrate the commitment, dedication, expertise and professionalism of our officers as they carry out the CBSA's mandate on a daily basis. They represent the best of the CBSA in its efforts to protect the safety and prosperity of Canada.
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