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CBSA’s Poor Handling of Seized Goods Could Endanger Court Cases: Review

Posted September 08, 2014

Under Canadian Customs Issues

(Canadian Press)

Court cases against accused criminals could be tossed out because of improper control and handling of seized goods – from drugs to firearms – by Canada’s border agency, says an internal federal audit.

The Canada Border Services Agency is responsible for seizing illegal or dangerous goods under the Customs Act to help protect public safety. The examination found several weaknesses in how the border agency manages those items – particularly how they store and track them at supposedly secure facilities. […]

But the review says overall the border agency had made only minimal progress since a similar audit was conducted five years ago. “The weaknesses identified in the 2009 audit related to physical security and access controls persist.” Read more here.