MONTREAL, Dec. 21 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
announced today that its officers have seized firearms and other prohibited
weapons at the Highwater border crossing in the Eastern Townships.
On December 12, 2007, two individuals from the United States, aged 20 and
25, respectively, were intercepted entering Canada through the Highwater
border crossing. After responding evasively to the officer's questions and
providing suspicious information on their itinerary, the individuals were
referred to the secondary inspection area. Their vehicle was found to contain
a number of handguns, knives and other prohibited weapons, as well as
bulletproof vests and ammunition. Both individuals were placed in detention,
and the prohibited weapons and the vehicles were seized.
"This seizure is testimony to the vigilance of our border officers," said
the Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety. "Thanks to the
diligence of CBSA officers, the seizure of illegal weapons ensures that those
weapons are kept off our streets."
Criminal charges have been laid against the individuals, who have
appeared at the Granby courthouse today charged with making a false statement
and smuggling, under the Customs Act.
In 2005-2006, CBSA seized 2,534 weapons, including 634 firearms.
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For further information: for the Media: Communications, Canada Border
Services Agency, (514) 350-6130; Photos available upon request.