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Windsor man charged after border officials seize more than 70 live turtles

Kate Dubinski

By Kate Dubinski, The London Free Press

(Contributed photo)

(Contributed photo)

It’s not the usual contraband officials intercept at Canada’s border crossing.

Instead, Canada Border Service Agency officials seized more than 70 live turtles and tortoises and arrested a 22-year-old Windsor man.

Officials say on July 6, a man arrived at the Ambassador Bridge and was pulled over for a secondary inspection.

While examining his vehicle, officers found two boxes where normally the vehicles seats would be stowed.

Inside those boxes were live turtles and tortoises.

Xin Hong Tong, of Windsor, faces numerous charges, including attempting to evade payment of duties and taxes and smuggling.

Environment Canada enforcement officers took the reptiles and further charges are pending.

“This seizure exemplifies the great work the CBSA border services officers do on a daily basis to protect our borders from various types of smuggling,” said Tamara Allard, the acting district director of Ambassador Bridge operations.