Tobacco, narcotics top items seized at airport

Jacob Boon
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Halifax airport

It's not just khat that border agents at the airport confiscate.

Canadian Border Services agents seized 98 items in 91 separate seizures at the Halifax Stanfield International Airport in 2012.

Included in those figures are ten cash seizures totalling $213,675.

By far the most confiscated items were tobacco products, with narcotics and other controlled drugs a close second. 

On Aug. 8, the Canada Border Services Agency found more than 30 kilograms of the stimulant drug khat in two suitcases. Peter James Gordon, of Belfast, was later arrested for the contraband.

While certainly not as dangerous as narcotics or prohibited weapons, clothing and footwear were seized nine times by agents. CBSA spokesperson Cindy MacKenzie says clothing confiscation can occur for a few different reasons.

"If a traveller has not declared items, not declaring them properly or undervalued them, border services officers can take seizure actions on the items," she says, via email. 

The full list of seized commodities can be found below.

Commodity: Total Seizures

Child Pornography: 1

Currency/Proceeds of Crime: 10 ($213,675.30)

Narcotics/Drugs/Chemicals/Other Controlled Drugs: 26

Clothing and Footwear: 9 

Furs/Skins/Leather: 6 

Jewellery: 3 

Tobacco Products: 28 

Computer, Parts/ Accessories: 1 

Paper Products: 1 

Cosmetics: 3 

Alcohol: 10 

Prohibited Weapons: 1

(numbers provided by the Canadian Border Services Agency)


Organizations: Canada Border Services Agency, Halifax Stanfield International Airport, Paper Products Canadian Border Services Agency

Geographic location: Belfast

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