112,000 people refused entry during lockdown, 1 wanted man arrested
Border guards refused entry to 112,000 people and fined almost 9,000 people during the lockdown. Most of the fines were for going on a cross border shopping trip.
The Federal Customs Administration released the numbers yesterday. It also highlighted the increased border guard presence led to the arrest of a 40-year-old man on a warrant for murder. He was also found to be carrying 40 kilos of cocaine in his truck.
Most people who may have wanted to cross a border without the right paperwork or with something they shouldn’t have, clearly stayed away.
There were 15,400 arrests for immigration violations, or drugs and weapons offences. That is down by nearly 12,000 over the same period last year.
Cross border traffic was down 80% during that time. While traffic is building once again, it remains 10% below pre-lockdown levels.