2017 was a busy year for Canadian border services officers in southern Ontario, with more than 14 million conveyances and nearly 25 million travellers.
In Niagara, officers dealt with incidents such as the seizeure of more than 50 kilograms of cocaine at the Queeston bridge in November.
Here’s a look at the southern Ontario border for 2017 — by the numbers — according to Canada Border Services Agency.
In 2017 there were:
- 1,653 drug seizures, including 171.5 kg of cocaine.
- 235 firearms seized.
- 672 prohibited weapons seized.
- 9,444 litres of alcohol seized.
- 245 tobacco product seizures.
- Five child pornography seizures.
- Ten suspected proceeds of crime seizures, valued at $228,438.
- 100 alcohol or drug-impaired drivers intercepted.
- 23 arrested for breaching court imposed conditions.
- 26 arrested for other criminality.
- 1,172 individuals removed from Canada.
- Five missing or abducted children recovered.
“These numbers exemplify the excellent work done daily by CBSA officers,” said Rick Comerford, regional director general for the Southern Ontario Region.
“These individuals work diligently to protect the safety and security of Canadians.”
The Southern Ontario Region encompasses the cities of Niagara Falls, Fort Erie, Windsor, Sarnia and London, and their surrounding communities.