Originally Posted by The Shepherd
I'd remove the radar and hide it away. If you have a passport give that to them first, birth certificate if you don't and have your drivers licence ready as well.
As for inspections they can flag you for anything, I had the dogs through my car at Detroit because I gave the border guard a smart-assed answer to a really dumb question. Be polite and you'll be on your way with no hassles.
Good advice from The Shepherd there.
The border inspectors here in the GWN generally are looking for three things:
1) undeclared goods being imported (i.e. left in Canada) that they can charge a tax, and possibly, a duty on
2) Illicit drugs
The best advice I can add is to volunteer no information that is not asked for first and keep answers as simple, direct and truthful as possible. If they ask for the dollar value of anything being imported (if any) just assume they mean the U.S. dollar value. That will present a lower amount and they don't bother collecting taxes here unless the dollar value is above about $50 or they're bored stiff so the lower the better.
Since Stromette is a U.S. resident (although it's hard to guess exactly where of, at any given time
) the border guard will almost certainly ask if she's packing firearms. This is one question where it's most important to be truthful as they will get quite excited if they search and find an undeclared weapon. It happens at our border station a few times a year and it's usually someone from the Southern states that gets busted. A stiffish fine and forfeiture of said firearm is usually the end of it but I recall one poor sap got thrown into the slammer for a few days in one case where the judge was looking to make a point, I guess. Some firearms, like hunting rifles may be brought in relatively easily with the proper paperwork but the border guards are very alert for U.S. citizens, especially from the Deep South, trying to sneak guns in so don't even think about it.
Anyway, as long as Strommette doesn't get sassy
with the inspector she should be OK. Let us know how it goes.