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The Canada Border Services Agency has seized eleven firearms at Windsor border crossings over the past five months.
The CBSA says on February 19th, an examination of a Kentucky woman’s passenger vehicle found one restricted handgun in the console of the vehicle at the Ambassador Bridge. On February 23th, a search at the Bridge of the passenger vehicle of a Kentucky man found one prohibited handgun in the trunk.
On March 22nd, an Illinois man was selected for secondary examination at the Ambassador Bridge. Officers conducted a search of his vehicle where one prohibited handgun and two high capacity magazines were found in a cooler bag.
On March 3rd, an Ohio man was referred for secondary examination at the Tunnel which resulted in the seizure of two prohibited handguns, three high capacity magazines and one taser. On April 6th, a Michigan man was interdicted after failing to stop for U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers who were conducting export examinations at the Tunnel. CBSA officers conducted a secondary examination of the pickup truck and seized one restricted firearm and one high capacity magazine that were located in a bowling bag.
On May 15th, an Ontario man arrived at the Tunnel and was referred for secondary examination. With the assistance of a CBSA Detector Dog, Officers found four prohibited handguns and two high capacity magazines in the passenger vehicle.
“The CBSA takes its border protection responsibilities very seriously, and our officers work diligently and vigilantly to prevent the smuggling of firearms across our borders to help make our communities safe,” said Rick Comerford, Regional Director General, Southern Ontario Region. “These seizures clearly demonstrate the excellent work our officers are doing to tackle the smuggling of illegal guns at our borders.”