Canada Border Services Agency

Canada Border Services Agency
Ottawa Police Services

Ottawa Police Services

September 08, 2005 16:30 ET

CBSA: Pennsylvania Man Pleads Guilty to Smuggling and Possession of Child Pornography

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Sept. 8, 2005) - A Pennsylvania man has today pleaded guilty to smuggling and possession of child pornography following a joint investigation between the Ottawa Police Services (OPS) and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at Macdonald-Cartier International Airport.

On May 16, 2005, a CBSA officer at Macdonald-Cartier International Airport referred a United States resident for a work documentation verification at immigration services. After the individual produced the electronic work permit on his laptop, the officer conducted a search of the laptop computer, which revealed images believed to be child pornography. A forensic audit of the laptop by the OPS High-Tech Crime Unit later confirmed that the images contained child pornography.

Jeffrey Britland, 39, of Catasaqua, Pennsylvania, pleaded guilty to one count of smuggling under the Customs Act and one count of possession of child pornography under section 163.1 of the Criminal Code. He was sentenced to 5 weeks in prison and fined $1,000. Mr. Britland was released from jail having been credited for time already served of 21/2 weeks. He was immediately returned to the United States following his sentencing hearing.

Mr. Britland will also be registered with the National Sex Offender Registry in Canada as a result of his conviction.

Non-Canadians who have criminal convictions are inadmissible under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Removing criminals from Canada is one of the CBSA's top priorities in carrying out their mandate to protect the Canadian public.

For information about prohibited importations, visit the CBSA Web site at http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/E/pub/cm/d9-1-1/P59_6377.

Contact Information

  • Canada Border Services Agency
    Chris Kealey
    Communications Manager
    (613) 991-5197