The Canada Border Services Agency lays 78 criminal charges as a result of investigations into illegal replica firearms



    VANCOUVER, Aug. 1 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)
has just completed extensive investigations into the illegal importation and
sale of replica firearms in the Lower Mainland. During the course of these
investigations, the CBSA laid 78 criminal charges and seized over 800 replica
firearms.
    "The Government of Canada is taking action to combat the criminal use of
firearms and trafficking in illegal weapons," said the Honourable Stockwell
Day, Minister of Public Safety. These successful investigations demonstrate
the CBSA's commitment to deal with and prevent cross-border crime. These
arrests and seizures would not have been possible without the dedication and
diligence of CBSA Officers, who work tirelessly to protect the safety and
security of Canadian families and communities".
    Two individuals of Mission, BC, are the most recent to face charges
ranging from smuggling and making false statements, to trafficking and
unlawfully importing replica firearms, which are prohibited devices.
    The two-year investigation by the CBSA's Criminal Investigations Division
focused on the improper use of Business Firearms Licences by purported movie
prop supply companies.
    The CBSA is determined to combat the illegal importation of replica
firearms and prohibited devices into Canada. Each year, hundreds of firearms
and prohibited devices are confiscated at various points of entry across
Canada. These interventions help to keep our communities safe and secure."

    Digital photos are available upon request.




For further information:

For further information: Shakila Manzoor, Communications Manager, Canada
Border Services Agency, (604) 666-6084


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