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Alberta company charged for Iran exports

By: The Canadian Press

 | Apr 14, 2014 - 1:39 PM |
 CALGARY - RCMP have charged an Alberta company for shipping a product to Iran that could be used in nuclear applications.

Lee Specialties Ltd. of Red Deer faces charges under the Special Economic Measures Act, the Customs Act and the United Nations Act.

Police say the investigation began three years ago after Canada Border Services Agency officers intercepted Viton O-rings from a cargo shipment at Calgary International Airport that was destined for Iran.

"The RCMP and CBSA are working together to stop shipment of illegal products to other countries and respecting our global responsibilities," RCMP Superintendent Wade Oldford said in a news release Monday.

Viton is a brand of synthetic rubber that can resist high temperatures and chemicals and can be used in numerous applications, including in the oilfields or in a nuclear program.

Viton O-rings and gaskets are specifically mentioned in the Special Economic Measures Act as a prohibited item. They cannot legally be shipped or sold to any person or company in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Police say it's the first time that Special Economic Measures Act charges have ever been laid and the third time United Nations Act charges have been laid in Canada.

Lauren Delgaty, regional director general for the CBSA Prairie Region, said officers aren't just on the look out for illegal goods coming into Canada but for items being unlawfully exported as well.

"This seizure prevented these items, which can be used in nuclear applications, from landing in the wrong hands," she said.CALGARY - RCMP have charged an Alberta company for shipping a product to Iran that could be used in nuclear applications.

Lee Specialties Ltd. of Red Deer faces charges under the Special Economic Measures Act, the Customs Act and the United Nations Act.

Police say the investigation began three years ago after Canada Border Services Agency officers intercepted Viton O-rings from a cargo shipment at Calgary International Airport that was destined for Iran.

"The RCMP and CBSA are working together to stop shipment of illegal products to other countries and respecting our global responsibilities," RCMP Superintendent Wade Oldford said in a news release Monday.

Viton is a brand of synthetic rubber that can resist high temperatures and chemicals and can be used in numerous applications, including in the oilfields or in a nuclear program.

Viton O-rings and gaskets are specifically mentioned in the Special Economic Measures Act as a prohibited item. They cannot legally be shipped or sold to any person or company in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Police say it's the first time that Special Economic Measures Act charges have ever been laid and the third time United Nations Act charges have been laid in Canada.

Lauren Delgaty, regional director general for the CBSA Prairie Region, said officers aren't just on the look out for illegal goods coming into Canada but for items being unlawfully exported as well.

"This seizure prevented these items, which can be used in nuclear applications, from landing in the wrong hands," she said.CALGARY - RCMP have charged an Alberta company for shipping a product to Iran that could be used in nuclear applications.

Lee Specialties Ltd. of Red Deer faces charges under the Special Economic Measures Act, the Customs Act and the United Nations Act.

Police say the investigation began three years ago after Canada Border Services Agency officers intercepted Viton O-rings from a cargo shipment at Calgary International Airport that was destined for Iran.

"The RCMP and CBSA are working together to stop shipment of illegal products to other countries and respecting our global responsibilities," RCMP Superintendent Wade Oldford said in a news release Monday.

Viton is a brand of synthetic rubber that can resist high temperatures and chemicals and can be used in numerous applications, including in the oilfields or in a nuclear program.

Viton O-rings and gaskets are specifically mentioned in the Special Economic Measures Act as a prohibited item. They cannot legally be shipped or sold to any person or company in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Police say it's the first time that Special Economic Measures Act charges have ever been laid and the third time United Nations Act charges have been laid in Canada.

Lauren Delgaty, regional director general for the CBSA Prairie Region, said officers aren't just on the look out for illegal goods coming into Canada but for items being unlawfully exported as well.

"This seizure prevented these items, which can be used in nuclear applications, from landing in the wrong hands," she said.

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