Canada Border Services Agency conducts raid at Hastings Racecourse

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      It looks like there's been an immigration crackdown at a popular Vancouver racetrack.

      Global News B.C. has reported that the Canada Border Services Agency made "multiple arrests" today after visiting the barns at Hastings Racecourse.

      The track is in Hastings Park not far from where the PNE Fair is taking place.

      The CBSA confirmed to the Straight that it was conducting investigations in connection with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

      "The CBSA conducts enforcement actions when it is believed that a contravention of the Customs Act or the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act has occurred," the federal agency said in a statement. "As the investigation is ongoing, it would be inappropriate to provide any further details at this time."

      The provincial gaming policy and enforcement division has an on-site licensing office at Hastings Racecourse.

      The track's owner, Great Canadian Gaming, has stated that none of those arrested were employees of the company and were associates of owners of the horses.

      The CBSA enforcement action has come in the midst of the racing season.

      This year, the most lucrative purse will offered at the 74th running of the B.C. Derby on September 7. Admission is free.

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