Canadian border officials seize cash suspected in crime
WOODSTOCK, New Brunswick — Canadian officials seized nearly $300,000 in Canadian currency at the Woodstock-Houlton border earlier this month when a man tried entering Canada.
The Canada Border Services Agency seized $292,950 in Canadian cash, suspected of being part of a crime, from the traveler, according to Canada Border Services.
The seizure on April 4 followed a detailed search of the vehicle with the help of trained dog Keo from Canada Border Services.
The search revealed a hidden compartment within the vehicle where the money was stashed. A 43-year-old male from Hopewell Cape, New Brunswick, was arrested at the border crossing. He was later transferred to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and released while police continue to investigate.
“This significant currency seizure is another example of how the CBSA and RCMP are working together to fight organized crime at our border and beyond. It is through collaborative law enforcement efforts like this that we will continue to identify and combat complex and evolving threats to our economy and protect our national security interests,” said the Honorable Marco E.L. Mendicino, minister of public safety.
Members of the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime – Border Integrity Unit have since taken the lead on the investigation to determine the origins of the money.