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Thursday September 11th, 2014

Posted at 4:06pm

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The Canada Border Services Agency announced today that officers have seized 101 firearms at southern Ontario border crossings from April 1st to September 1st of this year, representing a 46-percent increase compared to the same period last year.

In one local instance on June 28th, two undeclared handguns were seized by border services officers at the Windsor-Detroit Tunnel.

A Florida man, Juan Cotarelo, pled guilty on September 4th to a CBSA charge under the Customs Act of failure to report goods and was convicted and fined.

He was sentenced to pay a concurrent fine of $7,000 plus a $2,100 surcharge.

Also locally, on July 21st, Thomas Williams, of New York, was charged by the CBSA Criminal Investigations Unit following the seizure of a revolver, a replica revolver, a brass knuckle type weapon, a container of muzzle loading propellant and a box of lead round balls at the Ambassador Bridge port of entry.

CBSA officials say officers in the Southern Ontario Region have seized 117 non-restricted, restricted and prohibited firearms and 540 prohibited weapons and devices since January of this year.

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