Canadians Bust Cheese-Smuggling Cops

Trio made $165K selling cheap cross-border cheese

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 28, 2012 1:37 AM CDT | Updated Sep 28, 2012 4:30 AM CDT

(Newser) – First the great maple syrup heist, now this: Police in Canada have sniffed out a large-scale cheese-smuggling ring involving a serving police officer, an officer who resigned this summer, and an American accomplice. Cheese is a lot cheaper in the US than it is in Canada, and officials believe the trio bought at least $200,000 worth of the American stuff and sold it to Canadian pizzerias and other restaurants for a profit of $165,000, the Toronto Sun reports.

The men have been charged with conspiracy, smuggling, and other violations of customs law. Smugglers bringing cases of cheese across the border can make up to $2,000 a trip if they can find a buyer, reports the CBC. "We get all our stuff legit," says one pizzeria owner who was questioned by police. "We thought it was a joke at first. Who is going to go around trying to sell smuggled cheese?"

"Brick" cheese commonly used by pizzerias is more expensive in Canada than in the US. Alleged smugglers took note.   (PRNewsFoto)
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