Use of fraudulent passports result in jail time

News release

January 27, 2020               Halifax, Nova Scotia           Canada Border Services Agency

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today that three Colombian foreign nationals were sentenced to jail time for possession and use of fraudulent Mexican passports to enter Canada.

On September 1, 2019, CBSA officers at Halifax Stanfield International Airport (HSIA) intercepted Marin Suarez who attempted to enter Canada on a fraudulent Mexican passport. In late September 2019, Uran Garcia and Cardona Orozco were also intercepted at HSIA with fraudulent Mexican passports.

CBSA Criminal Investigations laid charges against the three individuals for offences related to the use of fraudulent Mexican passports to obtain an Electronic Travel Authority (eTA) to enter Canada.

In early January, in Dartmouth Provincial Court, Suarez was sentenced to 18 months in jail; and Garcia and Orozco were sentenced to 24 months in jail for using fraudulent Mexican passports to seek entry to Canada.

Quotes

“Our officers are vigilant in ensuring that those who are granted entry into Canada are complying with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. Intercepting those who attempt to use fraudulent passports is important to maintain the integrity of our borders and immigration processes.”

- Dominic Mallette, CBSA, Director of Enforcement and Intelligence, Atlantic Region



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  • If you have information about suspicious cross-border activity, please contact the CBSA Border Watch Line at 1-888-502-9060.

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CBSA Media Relations, Atlantic Region

902-377-1366
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