Smuggling counterfeit or illegal substances isn’t necessarily anything new. However, being fined thousands of dollars for smuggling cheese is definitely not something you hear of every day. Oddly enough, that's exactly what one person tried to do. A man was caught smuggling 4,000 kg of cheese into Canada. Now he is being fined a whopping $30,000 for his actions. This story is too gouda to be true!
Today on May 27, 2019, the Canada Border Series Agency (CBSA) announced that a traveller who was entering Canada was found guilty of attempting to smuggle into the country an unbelievable amount of cheese.
According to CBSA, he was trying to bring in the cheese through the Lansdowne, Ontario port of entry by using a large ruck.
Upon arrival into Canada on January 10, 2018, 50-year-old Haissam Azaar was referred for a secondary examination. During this exam, officers discovered that he had eight “skids” of undeclared cheese.
Altogether, Azaar was trying to bring in around 3,990 kg of cheese into Canada! Immediately following the discovery, Azaar was arrested and charged with smuggling.
The male driver pleaded guilty and earlier this month on May 9, 2019, when he attended court in Brockville, Ontario.
According to CBSA, he was fined $30,000 total for smuggling in all that cheese! This large payment must be completely paid off in five years with a minimum payment of $1,000 each year.
CBSA also released several photos of the cheese that they found being smuggled in hundreds of boxes. Each box contained different varieties of cheese and was stacked on top of each other. The label “keep refrigerated" was also written on the boxes.
CBSA has stated that all goods entering Canada must be declared. If you do not declare goods, or if you falsely declare them, then CBSA officers can seize them.
This means that you may lose the goods altogether, or you may have to pay a penalty to get them back. These penalties can range from 25% to 80% of the value of the seized items.