BUFFALO, N. Y. — U. S. border agents at the Peace Bridge have seized $1 million in ecstasy hidden among bushels of blueberries in a transport truck bound for Florida.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers searched the truck Friday after it crossed the bridge to Buffalo.
During the course of an inspection, officers used gamma-ray technology to generate a high-resolution image of the truck’s contents, which revealed an anomaly in the roof of the truck’s sleeper cab.
Ten vacuum-sealed bags filled with 48,400 ecstasy tablets were found in the cab. “CBP’s non-intrusive inspection technology assists our officers in preventing terrorist weapons and contraband, including illegal drugs from entering our country while facilitating the orderly flow of legitimate trade and travel,” said James Engleman, CBP director of field operations in Buffalo.
Charged with importation and possession with the intent to distribute a controlled substance is Leon Johnson, 41, of Brampton. From the St. Catherine’s Standard
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. — One of Canada’s largest APU manufacturers has been permanently idled, leaving some dealers wondering where to turn for product support.
In a memo sent to its dealers across North America late last night, RigMaster Power states that “general economic conditions” have forced the APU maker out of business.
The company, a separately run subsidiary of Mississauga’s Harper Group, has already ceased operations. It had about 190 dealers throughout North America.
“A secured creditor will be effecting the liquidation of the company’s assets,” states the memo, obtained by todaystrucking.com. “A limited number of finished units may be available for a short period and an alternative supply of parts should come available to customers and dealers early next week as a consequence of the liquidation process.” Read more HERE
Few would pause to consider the contents of two orange aluminum tractor trailers rumbling along the 380-kilometre stretch of highway from Sudbury to Toronto. Inside, the six-metre long containers appeared to be lined with dirt.
But to the organized bandits who hijacked the truck in July, 2007, it was 40 tonnes of nickel sinter, a metal used in the making of such things as electrodes for fuel cells, and worth $2-million.
The truck driver was found bound and gagged in the back of a car in a commuter parking lot near Guelph. Police located the containers without a trace of powder and the tractor was burned out on the side of a road. The case remains unsolved.
Cargo thieves will take anything — a load of bubblegum, chicken beaks and feet, wedding dresses. Last weekend, someone stole a tractor trailer full of eggs from a Mississauga yard. The empty truck was recovered in Scarborough yesterday. More HERE
What IS the street value of a truckload of chicken beaks????
On a more serious note, because this is such a serious subject, the trucking industry has changed dramatically over the years and the highways are a very dangerous place to work and live. Not long ago, we posted an original piece, Firearms and Big Trucks – Myth Busted. The above article only furthers my point – drivers in the US should be able to carry a legally owned and registered firearm for protection.
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SEATTLE — The note from U.S. Attorney Jeff Sullivan to the U.S. Border Patrol was short and to the point: Stop sending petty marijuana cases to his office.
“It is our long-standing policy to use limited federal resources to pursue the sophisticated criminal organizations who smuggle millions of dollars of drugs, guns and other contraband across our borders,” Sullivan wrote in November.
Sullivan’s note is one in a string of flare-ups as the Border Patrol expanded its influence and manpower here in recent months. The marijuana busts had come from inland road blocks on state highways.
Sheriff’s offices, farmers, and a U.S. Congressman have all made their opinion about the patrol’s increased presence known, and not all of it has been friendly. More HERE
CANADIAN TRUCK DRIVER SENTENCED TO 48 MONTHS IMPRISONMENT FOR TRAVELLING TO OHIO IN ORDER TO HAVE SEX WITH TEEN BOY
“Teen boy” was undercover Franklin County Sheriff’s Detective
COLUMBUS – Serge Beauseigle, age 60, of Belleville, Ontario was sentenced in United States District Court here to 48 months imprisonment for traveling in interstate commerce in order to engage in illicit sexual conduct with a minor.
Gregory G. Lockhart, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, Keith L. Bennett, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office, and Franklin County Sheriff James Karnes announced the sentence handed down yesterday by United States District Judge Edmund A. Sargus, Jr.
Beauseigle contacted an individual, whom he thought was a 14-year old boy, in an online chatroom in November, 2007. The “boy” was actually a detective with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office conducting an undercover investigation. Beauseigle claimed to be a truck driver who traveled all over. More from the Cincinnati FBI
The criminal actions of this “trucker” are not tolerated in our industry. I don’t care if you are a child predator from Canada or a cornball pornographer from Nuevo Laredo – such activity should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
It’s the question on everyone’s lips here in this remote northern B.C. town: Who’s making war on the oil industry?
In less than a week, two explosive devices have erupted under sour gas pipelines owned by EnCana outside the town, 590 kilometres northwest of Edmonton. In both cases, the pipelines did not rupture and no one was injured, but the level of violence involved – and the wording of threatening letters sent to local media last week – has everyone in the region on edge.
“This scares the hell out of me and my family,” said Eric Kuenzl, a resident of neighbouring Tomslake. More here
HAMILTON, Ont. — Following the disappearance of more than 55,000 liters of diesel fuel from underground storage tanks in and around Hamilton this past weekend, it’s beginning to look like an organized theft ring is operating in the area.
CHCH television news reported several thefts in the area, at least two of which were caught on security cameras. In both cases, two trucks pulling 53-ft van trailers — possibly reefers — pulled up and parked over top of under ground fuel storage tanks. While not actually seen on camera, it’s assumed that the vans were equipped with liquid pumps and storage tanks large enough to accommodate a significant amount of fuel.
In one incident, Gord’s Sunoco in Flamborough lost an estimated 21,000 litres of fuel. In another, First Student bus lines in Brant County (formerly Laidlaw) lost 34,000 liters of fuel.
Video from a security camera at the Sunoco station shows a two-tone tan and maroon colored Peterbilt tractor pulling a non-descript with van pulling into the station and parking over the fuel storage tanks, and then returning to the fuel island to fuel up in the usual manner. More from Today’s Trucking
The Canadian diesel thieves are much by the same playbook as those here in the US. Today’s Trucking states that thieves are becoming increasingly creative, giving this example from Pittsburgh:
In Pittsburgh, for example, benzine bandits were caught driving around with a tractor-trailer, parking beside other trucks, and then siphoning the diesel into a 5,000-gallon tank using a vacuum powered by the truck’s engine.
Of course, of great concern to both governments is that stolen diesel is not subject to IFTA taxes and IFTA is watching quarterly fuel reporting to see discrepancies in fuel purchased with regard to miles driven.
A Winnipeg man faces charges after police in Morden found marijuana in a tractor-trailer unit during a checkstop Saturday afternoon.
Members of the Morden Police Service stopped the westbound tractor-trailer on Highway 3 as it entered the town about 120 km southwest of Winnipeg.
Police became suspicious after speaking to the driver so they searched the unit, said Morden police Sgt. Brent Menzies.
Inside, they found an undisclosed amount of marijuana and marijuana resin allegedly belonging to one of two passengers, Menzies said.
Christopher Herda, 36, is charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking and breach of probation. From the Winnipeg Sun
From our friends in Canada:
Gas thief pleads guilty in court; gas station owner says problem getting out of hand
A man pleaded guilty yesterday in Moncton provincial court to two counts of stealing gas from the Irving Big Stop in Salisbury last year, and two Metro Moncton gas station owners say incidents of gas theft continue to be a “huge problem.”
Richard Racicot was accused of stealing gas twice in one week from the Big Stop. After initially hesitating to enter a plea yesterday morning in front of Judge Anne Dugas-Horsman, he eventually pleaded guilty to both charges.
Racicot stole $48.59 worth of gas on Dec. 23, 2007 and $40.04 worth on Dec. 28.
He was given nine months probation and ordered to pay restitution to the gas station. He is also banned from going to the Salisbury Big Stop. From the Times Transcript
DERBY LINE, Vt. – Two people were in custody Monday and another was suspected of having fled to Canada after an incident in a Vermont town hugging the U.S.-Canada border.
A U.S. Border Patrol agent was questioning three people in Derby Line suspected of having crossed the border illegally, about 150 kilometres southeast of Montreal, at 2:15 a.m. when he was assaulted “to a point he feared for his life” and shot at the suspects twice, said Mark Henry of the U.S. Border Patrol.
“We have three people who were in the border area that we believe entered from Canada illegally,” Henry said.
One person was arrested and was being held in custody in Vermont and another in Canada, he said, not giving details about the suspects or what kind of charges they could face.
A third is thought to have fled to Canada. It wasn’t known whether this person was either armed or injured from the shots. The two in custody were not hit by the shots.
The RCMP confirmed they arrested one individual who had fled to Canada but another remained at large. They said the suspects were not Canadian. From Canada.com
Suspects are not Canadian… interesting…….