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NRP cops busted for smuggling

Two cops and a restaurateur — all residents of Fort Erie — face charges in an alleged cheese smuggling operation that may have earned the trio as much as $165,000.

One of the officers, former Sgt. Casey Langelaan, left the employ of the Niagara Regional Police early this summer. The other, Cst. Scott Heron, had been suspended from duty with pay on June 26.

The third man, Bernie Pollino, operated the concession stand at Bay Beach for two years in the recent past.

A Niagara Regional Police press release states the trio purchased cases of cheese and other food items in the U.S. without declaring them or paying duties at the border, then sorted and distributed the contraband to various restaurants in southern Ontario.

They all face charges for smuggling, evasion of duties, false statements, and possession and disposing of smuggled goods.

The two officers face an additional charges of breach of trust by a public officer under the Criminal Code, punishable by up to five years in prison.

They were arrested Thursday after a nine-month investigation by the NRP and U.S. and Canadian border agents.

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