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'Highly respected' police officer fined for smuggling cheese and chicken wings across border
TORONTO SUN ^ | AUGUST 30, 2013 | ALISON LANGLEY

Posted on 08/30/2013 6:45:59 PM PDT by rickmichaels

ST. CATHARINES, ONT. - A disgraced Niagara Regional Police officer has been fined $15,000 for his part in a scheme that involved smuggling copious quantities of cheese and chicken wings across across the border.

Casey Langelaan, 49, resigned from the police service last year after he was caught up in a large-scale smuggling operation that saw thousands of dollars worth of U.S. cheese and chicken wings smuggled into Canada and sold to Ontario restaurants.

"A man of otherwise good character has been embarrassed and shamed in his community," Judge David Harris said Friday after Langelaan pleaded guilty in a St. Catharines, Ont., courtroom to charges of evading compliance with the Canada Customs Act and possession of imported goods.

Court heard the investigation began in January 2012 and involved Niagara police, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the Canada Border Services Agency.

The investigation initially focused on the cross-border activities of another NRP officer, Const. Geoff Purdie, who is now serving time behind bars in an American jail for smuggling steroids into Canada.

When investigators questioned Purdie, he offered up Langelaan, a sergeant at the time and making well over $100,000 a year, as a fellow smuggler.

But instead of smuggling steroids, court heard, Langelaan's preference was cheese and chicken wings.

No one was interested in the poultry, court heard, but Langelaan, a resident of Fort Erie, sold the cheese to restaurants in Aylmer and Dorchester, Ont., at a profit of more than $50,000.

Lawyer Paul O'Marra described his client as a "highly respected officer" whose reputation has taken a “major hit” because of the crimes.

O'Marra said Langelaan has also suffered a blow to his pocketbook.

Canada Borders Services Agency wants him to pay a penalty of $50,000, almost three times the amount of duties and taxes the former cop didn't pay at the border. That matter is subject to civil litigation.

His taxes were also re-assessed.

Two other people were arrested as a result of the investigation that revealed more than $200,000 worth of cheese had been purchased in the U.S. and distributed in Canada. Const. Scott Herron and Bernie Pollino are scheduled to appear in court Dec. 12.

According to the CBSA, travellers can bring back, duty free, $20 or 20 kilograms in total (whichever limit is reached first) of dairy products.

It must also be for personal consumption. If it is used for commercial purposes a permit is required and duties are charged accordingly.


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1 posted on 08/30/2013 6:45:59 PM PDT by rickmichaels
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To: rickmichaels

DANG. Drugs, smokes, or bibles I can see smugglin’ but “chicken wings”?


2 posted on 08/30/2013 6:49:15 PM PDT by Drango (A liberal's compassion is limited only by the size of someone else's wallet.)
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To: rickmichaels

Those darned Canadians are saying that OUR cheese isn’t good enough for them? That’s crossing a red line. Hey, Comrade Obama, give em 72 hours of cruise missiles as punishment.


3 posted on 08/30/2013 6:49:38 PM PDT by Bryanw92 (Sic semper tyrannis)
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4 posted on 08/30/2013 6:49:38 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: rickmichaels

Is there a shortage of cheese and chicken wings in Canada, or is ours that much better?


5 posted on 08/30/2013 6:49:51 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: rickmichaels

Operation Wing Walker?


6 posted on 08/30/2013 6:54:05 PM PDT by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: PistolPaknMama

Just when you thought you’d seen it all. We have a worthless communist moron in the White House, our congress is mostly a bunch of spineless retards, but the big issue of the day is a Canadian smuggling cheese and chicken wings???!!!


7 posted on 08/30/2013 6:54:59 PM PDT by meyer (What would John Hancock do?)
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To: rickmichaels

He could have gotten away with it if he had the chickens fly over the border carrying the dam*ed cheese...

smile
smile

(what a big-time criminal!, ha!)

Mafia hit man: I’m in jail for 6 murders. What you in here for, mister?
This guy: er, un....carrying chicken wings across the border, eh?


8 posted on 08/30/2013 6:55:08 PM PDT by faithhopecharity (E)
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To: rickmichaels

My Dad used to tell the story about how he and several of his siblings used to smuggle turkey’s across the border during the depression,using their sister’s house in St Albans,VT,which is 30 minutes south of the border,as “headquarters”.They weren’t involved in the *really* serious stuff (like the Kennedys with booze).No drugs,or wads of cash or anything like that.After the Depression was over they all became respectable...they were forced into doing it to get by.They’re all deceased now so nobody can be prosecuted.


9 posted on 08/30/2013 6:55:49 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (If Obama Had A City It Would Look Like Detroit)
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To: rickmichaels
But pot from Canada, and cocaine from the US get a free pass. All of that aside, I think we're focusing on the wrong border. Cheese? Really? I was born and raised in Michigan, and we're surrounded by canucks. All joking aside, the Canadians are the closest allies we have in the western hemisphere, and they deserve our respect as friends and neighbors.
10 posted on 08/30/2013 7:01:55 PM PDT by factoryrat (We are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
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To: Gay State Conservative

Smuggled Canadian turkeys? There was probably a bigger fine than smuggled Mexicans...unless the turkeys voted Democrat.


11 posted on 08/30/2013 7:03:25 PM PDT by PistolPaknMama
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To: rickmichaels

12 posted on 08/30/2013 7:08:32 PM PDT by ConradofMontferrat ( According to mudslimz, my handle is a HATE CRIME. And I HOPE they don't like it.)
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To: rickmichaels

I recall being underage in the US but of age in Canada and flying back to the US with a case of Molson Brador in my carry on bag with no problems. That was in the mid 1980s.

I also recall walking from Chihuahua to Texas in the mid 1990s with a case of Tecate and the state of TX taxing that beer even though it was for export to and consumption in NM. In the mid 2000’s I had my proscuitto confiscated by customs while returning from italy. There have been other incidents too numerous to mention.

Now we can’t even import cheese and wings? We’ve slowly degraded over the decades.


13 posted on 08/30/2013 7:19:07 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: rickmichaels; Clive; exg; Alberta's Child; albertabound; AntiKev; backhoe; Byron_the_Aussie; ...
Ah, the Joys of "supply management" in Ontario, where the price of milk is 4x what it is over the border.

Where an ice cream maker can only use American milk if the ice cream is exported to the USA.

Where a dairy farmer pays more for his prodution quota than he spends on his cattle.

To all- please ping me to Canadian topics.

Canada Ping!

14 posted on 08/30/2013 7:34:15 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: PistolPaknMama

Yours are no better but a helluva lot cheaper, because dairy and chicken farmers in Ontario are subject to quotas. 4 litres (slightly more than a US gallon) is usually $4-$5 and 375g (~12oz) of wings is usually in the $5 range.


15 posted on 08/30/2013 7:40:02 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: PistolPaknMama

If you have to ask that...


16 posted on 08/30/2013 7:40:11 PM PDT by rabidralph (Gray State Movie)
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To: PistolPaknMama
"Is there a shortage of cheese and chicken wings in Canada, or is ours that much better?"

If you want authentic Buffalo wings, you have to get them from Buffalo.

17 posted on 08/30/2013 7:43:22 PM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: rickmichaels

Running Rum from the Kennedy’s is one thing. Wings and cheese is just to much.


18 posted on 08/30/2013 7:43:35 PM PDT by eyedigress ((zOld storm chaser from the west)/ ?s)
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To: posterchild

I have a friend who works as an inspector for Agriculture Canada (farms during growing season, importers during winter), and foodstuffs coming in are watched closely. Their focus is on products coming in from areas with a temperate climate (tropical bugs won’t survive a winter here). Bring back a live plant or fresh produce from overseas and I can pretty much guarantee that they will seize it and incinerate it the same day.

Then some idiot swabbie on a cargo ship empties the bilge water into Lake Ontario and the zebra mussels play hell with the water supply for 50 million people...


19 posted on 08/30/2013 7:48:06 PM PDT by Squawk 8888 (I'd give up chocolate but I'm no quitter)
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To: rickmichaels
Good article RM......"A man of otherwise good character has been embarrassed and shamed in his community," Judge David Harris said Friday" EXCEPT for being a liar, a cheat, a crook, a smuggler, a thief, a deceiver,a con man, a violator of the oath he swore ...he was a good man....
20 posted on 08/30/2013 7:51:09 PM PDT by virgil283 (When the sun spins, the cross appears, and the skies burn red)
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To: rickmichaels

The upcoming generation of underendowed Canadian men will know whom to blame.
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3060742/posts


21 posted on 08/30/2013 7:57:51 PM PDT by pluvmantelo (Tuffy Gessling, George Zimmerman: They can crash at my pad anytime they like)
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To: rickmichaels

“U.S. cheese and chicken wings smuggled into Canada and sold to Ontario restaurants.”

Ha ha. Contraband food. Hows that socialism working for ya
Cana duh?

On the other hand, we cant even or choose not to
find and deport 40 million illegal aliens right under our
nose.

Hows that socialism workin for you
Ameri.....aah ooh.

Jar jar Binks.


22 posted on 08/30/2013 8:38:17 PM PDT by Slambat
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To: rickmichaels

He shoulda used the Mohawks who have regular smuggling operation from/into Ontario/Canada from/into New York State but their reservation [Sovereign First Nation] is on both sides of the border so neither the Canucks nor US border patrol can do anything to stop it.
You name it, they smuggle it, plus they all got AK47s and worse.


23 posted on 08/30/2013 9:03:12 PM PDT by bunkerhill7 (("The Second Amendment has no limits on firepower"-NY State Senator Kathleen A. Marchione.))
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24 posted on 08/30/2013 9:03:46 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Drango

What about NAFTA and open borders?


25 posted on 08/30/2013 9:59:02 PM PDT by D Rider
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To: Squawk 8888

Zebra mussels plague my inland area also.

I understand limiting ag pests, but cured meats from italy, chocolates and beer from canada and germany, and spice packets from singapore/malaysia are of no threat to anyone. Even smoked sausage from Costa Rica was no real threat.


26 posted on 08/31/2013 6:17:02 PM PDT by posterchild
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To: Bryanw92

It’s not about quality. It’s just plain old protectionism. Canada in this case is trying to protect an inefficient local dairy industry that couldn’t otherwise compete with those just across the border.

Heck, here on FR we’ve got plenty of “conservatives” that have no problem loading tariffs or quotas on imports to protect inefficient industries here in the U.S. it’s the consumers that pay the price and it’s a waste.


27 posted on 08/31/2013 6:53:47 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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