Trying to import an illegal chopper into Canada cost a Grande Prairie, Alberta, man $5,000 last week.
The man attempted to cross the border from Montana into Alberta at Del Bonita last fall with a 2007 Stone 300 Pro Street model, which may not be legally imported into Canada.
The 40-year-old man told Customs officers that the bike belonged to a friend, but a search of the motorcycle produced documents, including a bill of sale, that stated otherwise.
The man had tried to bring the bike into Canada in 2007 but was turned away at the border. This time, the officers seized the bike and held it for return to the U.S. On Oct. 1, 2008, the Grande Prairie man was charged with making a false statement under the Customs Act. He was convicted and fined $5,000 last week.
The Register of Imported Vehicles maintains a website at www.riv.ca that lists vehicles that can be legally brought into Canada.