Charges Laid in large scale Canada-U.S. cheese smuggling operation

On the 27th of September, 2012, three men were arrested and charged in regard to a large-scale smuggling scheme to distribute cheese products and other food items into Canada.  The investigation involved investigators from the Niagara Regional Police Service, the Department of Homeland Security – Border Enforcement Security Task Force (BEST), and the Canada Border Services Agency and has been ongoing since January, 2012.  

Charged are: Scott Heron 39 yrs, Casey Langelaan 48 yrs, and Bernie Pollino 44 yrs.  Scott Heron is a Constable with the Niagara Regional Police Service. On June 26th, 2012 as the investigation proceeded, Chief Jeffrey McGuire suspended the Officer from duty in accordance with the Police Services Act. At the time of the alleged offences, Casey Langelaan was a member of the Niagara Regional Police Service and was also suspended under the Police Services Act on June 26, 2012. Casey Langelaan is no longer employed by the Niagara Regional Police Service. Bernie Pollino is a resident of Fort Erie.

The network involved the purchasing of cases of cheese and other food items and transporting these cases into Canada, without declaring the items or paying duty.  Once the products arrived in the country, they were sorted and prepared for distribution to a variety of restaurants in Southern Ontario.  

The investigation revealed that there was a significant financial gain to be made in the smuggling operation.  The investigation revealed over $200,000 worth of cheese and other products were purchased and distributed for an estimated profit of over $165,000.

Charges: 
•	Scott Heron   39 yrs old    Resident of Fort Erie, Ontario
Conspiracy to Commit Indictable Offence - Smuggle goods CC 465(1)(c)
Breach of Trust CC 122
False or Deceptive Statements 153(a) Customs Act
Evade Compliance / Evasion of Duties 153(c) Customs Act
Keeping, Acquiring or Disposing of Illegally Imported Goods 155 Customs Act
Smuggling 159 Customs Act

•	Casey Langelaan    48 yrs old  Resident of Fort Erie, Ontario
Conspiracy to Commit Indictable Offence - Smuggle goods CC 465(1)(c)
Breach of Trust CC 122
False or Deceptive Statements 153(a) Customs Act
Evade Compliance / Evasion of Duties 153(c) Customs Act
Keeping, Acquiring or Disposing of Illegally Imported Goods 155 Customs Act
Smuggling 159 Customs Act

•	Bernie Pollino 44 yrs old  Resident of Fort Erie, Ontario 
Conspiracy to Commit Indictable Offence - Smuggle goods CC 465(1)(c)
False or Deceptive Statements 153(a) Customs Act
Evade Compliance / Evasion of Duties 153(c) Customs Act
Keeping, Acquiring or Disposing of Illegally Imported Goods 155 Customs Act
Smuggling 159 Customs Act

Incident Number: 89297-2012

 
Prepared By: MAGGIOLO, Joseph
Rank & File No:
Staff Sergeant, 9618

Unit: Intelligence
 
Authorized By: MAGGIOLO, Joseph
Rank & File No:
Staff Sergeant, 9618

Unit: Intelligence
 
Date Submitted: 9/27/2012


 

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