Alleged liquor smuggler nabbed near Ucluelet

That’s too much booze for one cruise.

Ucluelet RCMP recently seized over 120 bottles of liquor from one vessel.

Local police serve as border officers on the West Coast clearing vessels coming into Canada through customs.

One such vessel arrived from Portland, Oregon, carrying five people and way too much hooch, according to Ucluelet’s detachment commander Sgt. Jeff Swann.

Swann said the vessel’s skipper initially told police there was one case of beer and two bottles of alcohol onboard, but a search turned up significantly more than that.

“In every cubby, every little hole, every little spot you could find on that large vessel there was alcohol,” Swann said. “In total, over 120 bottles of liquor…Not 120 cans of beer; I’m talking 120 full 750-millilitre bottles of alcohol.”

The alcohol was seized and the vessel’s skipper faces charges under the Customs and Excise Acts for smuggling alcohol into Canada, according to Swann who added three tasers were also seized from the vessel.

“They’re prohibited weapons, you’re not allowed to have them,” he said of the tasers.

“They are extremely dangerous tools that should only be in the hands of people who are trained on how it’s used and when it’s used and where and why it’s used.”


Andrew.bailey@westerlynews.ca