Tuesday, March 7, 2017

CBSA officer charged in cross-border tobacco smuggling ring

The RCMP says former Canada Border Services Agency officer Chad Gale of Welland, Ont. has been charged in a smuggling investigation.

The arrest came as part of a joint forces investigation that focused on a criminal organization that was smuggling truckloads of contraband tobacco into Canada from the United States.
Police say the group’s smuggling activities were facilitated by a CBSA border services officer working at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, Ont. Arrests and seizures were made simultaneously in Canada and the U.S. Police say the 37-year-old Gale is charged with breach of trust by a public officer.

CBSA southern Ontario regional director Rick Comerford called it a very serious matter.