Man charged after WestJet flight raid
A Bermudian has been charged by police in Toronto after a customs raid on a WestJet flight bound for the Island.
As The Royal Gazette revealed yesterday, several Bermudians were detained in Canada on Sunday afternoon after customs officers boarded the WestJet 2710 flight before take-off at Pearson International Airport.
Sgt Richard Rollings, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police spokesman, told this newspaper yesterday that he could share few details at this stage, including the nature of the charge or charges.
“Someone has been charged,” he said. “At this point, we are not releasing the name of the individual.”
Sgt Rollings added: “I am not able to provide you with any additional information at this time. The matter is before the courts.”
Bermuda Police Service said yesterday that it was working with the Canadian authorities, who became suspicious about “a number of persons” on the aircraft. Officers here have liaised with overseas agencies but have not provided official details.
Canada Border Services Agency confirmed in a statement that: “A number of persons about to board a flight at the Toronto Pearson Airport destined for Bermuda on November 30, 2014, were selected for an enforcement examination by officers.”
The statement emphasised the agency's role in intercepting “illegal drugs and other contraband”. Passengers said they were told by the pilot that 11 people were removed from the flight.