Border agents in Calgary seize $38K from man bound for Middle East

CALGARY ─ Canadian border agents have seized $38,000 at the Calgary International Airport they say was bound for the Middle East and possible terrorist use.

On Jan. 15, Canada Border Service Agency (CBSA) officials interviewed a traveller on his way to the Middle East who said he was carrying $9,000 in cash.

Upon further inspection, CBSA staff found $18,060 in his carry-on luggage and jacket and an additional $20,000 in his checked bags, agency spokeswoman Lisa White said.

It was seized due to its ability “to potentially finance organized crime or terrorist activity,” she said.

The cash was all in $20 Canadian currency.

  • The Goat

    But are you prepared to live without falafel?

    • occupant 9

      Falafel is just a recipe. Muslim immigration is a recipe for disaster.

      • cousinarlo

        I could live without hearing any more about the barbaric custom they call halal.

    • Canadian


    • Frances

      Just get the Israeli version.

  • cousinarlo

    Probably the tip of a big iceberg.

    • occupant 9

      Yup, the tip of another big “nothing to do with Islam” crescent moon-shaped iceberg.

  • alexb

    A work mate of mine whose wife, upon returning from Vietnam after her mothers death and carrying a large sum of cash (20,000 ?) through inheritance, had it confiscated at Pearson.
    Took about a month to get it straightened out.

    • eMan14

      Cash cannot exceed $19,999.99 on departure. Coming into the country they seized it?

  • EarlyBird

    He’ll be back in the streets, that is Canadian streets this time, in less time than it takes to scream jihad. How many have they caught at airports, then released into the wild only to find them some time later killing infidels here rather than being taken cared of by their bros in the desert?

    • I do not for a minute believe that our security services have told the truth about the extent of the problem. Hell they are even afraid to say Islam.

      • eMan14

        Unless you search everyone completely, it’s a hard problem to control. So maybe we “profile”?… not completely a bad idea.
        But if you were carrying all that cash, why would you claim $9,000… that a red flag there.

        • cousinarlo

          Yes we must do profiling again! We used to keep those kind of records until Political Correctness took over. The rights of the offender ascended and those of society declined.

      • cousinarlo

        Holy crap, that’s for sure. The entire broadcast media except for a couple (Sun, Fox) are ALL afraid to connect the words Islam and terrorism. It’s unbelievable to me that so many are denying while people continue dying.

  • Martin Luffa

    I don’t think that $10,000 rule should exist. If I want to leave Canada with $10,000,000 or whatever in any sort of currency or other transportable wealth, I should be able to.

    • cousinarlo

      Unfortunately the bad guys like this one have pissed on that particular freedom for the rest of us. Just like our former freedom from groping and rectal exams at the airport.

    • eMan14

      If you leave Canada it has to be less than $20,000.

  • winniec

    Out of over 1 M Muslims in Canada, 15% express support for terrorism. Of those at least 2,000 will be dangerous, dedicated jihadists. Feel safe? No? Don’t vote for parties that support jihad or pretend it doesn’t exist in Canada.

  • cousinarlo

    They’ve allowed hundreds to walk if not thousands. We should be building special jails for Jihadi-Canadians like this guy.

    • Martin Luffa

      That’s just more Jizya and prison-dawah

      The real solution is what happens when there is no government helping muslims and non-muslims are left to decide what to do.

      It’s a bloody solution, but works best.

    • occupant 9

      Hmmm. This is war as defined by the non-state combatants of Islam. Therefore, they deserve no Geneva Conventions protection and certainly no special jails where they could dawa all the live long day.

      Again, no Geneva Conventions protections are deserved for any Soldier of Allah since being such a “soldier,” Allah’s Rules of Engagement enables him the maximum indulgence of violence.

      • cousinarlo

        Agreed; however, let me elaborate on the jail.

        It would be WAY up north, 500 miles from the nearest town, and there’d be bacon in every meal. I haven’t settled on all the rest of the details but I think that’s a winner.

        • occupant 9

          Ice flows are a nice idea. They would be aligned with our “tip of the iceberg” problem.

        • Frau Katze

          Just never let them out.

        • Minicapt

          … Churchill, Manitoba.


  • Brett_McS

    He’s just a heavy tipper.

  • Exile1981

    I wonder if that money was from his welfare payments.

    • cousinarlo

      Very possible.

  • Frances

    Where, when leaving Canada, do you see CBA? They’re there on the return, but not usually when outgoing, in contrast to countries like Slovakia and Mexico who have border control coming and going. And where do you declare this cash?