Arrest of Arms Trafficker confirms Public Safety issue: Rousseau
Therecent arrest of an arms trafficker suspected of illegally smuggling weapons into Canada through Stanstead confirms that the lack of border security is a public safety issue, said New Democrat MP Jean Rousseau.
The U.S. Department of Justice announced that an American citizen was accused last week of arms trafficking. According to the investigation, she would have crossed the Derby Line/Stanstead border in March 2011 with illegal weapons.
“It’s what we’ve been saying all along: illegal immigrants are only the reflection of a more serious problem in Stanstead. Traffickers don’t stop to report to authorities once they’ve crossed the border,” said Rousseau.
“With the Conservatives’ border cuts, we can expect this type of case to happen more frequently,” added NDP deputy critic for Public Safety, Rosane Doré Lefebvre. “For every arrest, how many traffickers cross the border without being caught? We must increase border surveillance without delay.”