Increased border enforcement yields big results
B.C., Border Integrity
2021-06-24 13:28 PDT
crime knows no borders is readily apparent in the dramatic results from an increase in enforcement by the BC RCMP Federal Border Integrity Program.
The COVID-19 pandemic created many challenges that have affected the daily lives of Canadians, causing a need for flexibility, patience, and sometimes, finding a different approach. Those changes, such as the closure of our international border, affected policing operations as well. In response to the closures, the BC RCMP Federal Border Enforcement Team (BET) was required to deploy additional personnel to increase police presence and enforcement between the ports of entry. This increase in resources has paid dividends, as the results demonstrate:
- Over 600kg of drugs seized, 58% of which was methamphetamine
- 14 firearms seizures
- ↑ 2020 RCMP border investigations increased by 304% (to 942 total files) from 2019
- 40% of RCMP investigations were under the Federal Customs Act
- ↑ 2020 combined methamphetamine seizures between the ports and at the ports of entry increased by 742% (352.6 kg) from 2019
- ↓ 2020 combined cocaine seizures between the ports and at the ports of entry decreased by 70% (109.7 kg) from 2019
- ↑ 2020 methamphetamine seizures between the ports increased from 0 to 300.1 kg from 2019
- ↑ 2020 methamphetamine seizures at ports of entry increased by 110% (52.5 kg) from 2019
- ↑ 2020 cocaine seizures between the ports increased from 0 to 19.86 kg from 2019
- ↓ 2020 cocaine seizures at ports of entry decreased by 82% (129.5 kg) from 2019
Despite the travel restrictions, organized crime continued to operate, intent on importing illicit drugs, both between the ports and at the ports of entry. But with a few extra resources in place, Federal Policing has been successful in significantly increasing the number of seizures, investigations and potential charges from previous years.
It’s undeniable that officers working in both a covert and overt capacity along the border, results in a noticeable and measurable impact on the local drug supply while disrupting organized crime activities. I commend all employees who have worked tirelessly during the pandemic, resulting in such a successful year, says Superintendent Bert Ferreira, Officer in Charge of BC RCMP Federal Serious & Organized Crime - Border Integrity Program.
Working with CBSA, and other local police departments, we will continue to do our part to ensure the safety and security of Canadians and build on recent successes gained from drug seizures, prosecutions, disruptions and excellent intelligence gathering.
Border Integrity is also responsible for intercepting individuals entering the country illegally, including those seeking asylum. Although last year’s stats show a 54% decrease from the previous year, as travel becomes easier, that number is likely to increase back to those seen pre-pandemic.
- The BC RCMP Federal Border Enforcement Team is responsible for border security between the various ports of entry. To achieve this goal, they work in partnership with provincial, national and international government agencies as well as the community at large.
- They work s in close co-operation with their Canadian and American partners to collect and develop intelligence in support of national security investigations and investigations into illicit activities between the ports of entry relating to the Canada-United States border.
- In addition to Federal & Serious Organized Crime activities including National Security investigations, the BC RCMP Federal Border Enforcement Team is also responsible for intercepting individuals who enter the country illegally, including those seeking asylum.
- Year-to-date number of asylum seekers intercepted by the RCMP between ports of entry is online at http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/refugees/asylum-claims-made-in-canada.asp. The numbers on the website are updated monthly and broken down by province.
Sgt. Kris ClarkMedia Relations Officer
Federal Serious & Organized Crime (FSOC)
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, B.C. V3T 6P3
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