WINDSOR, ON, Sept. 26, 2012 /CNW/ - On September 25th, 2012 members of the Windsor RCMP Border Response Team (BRT) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Criminal Investigation Division executed search warrants at a residence in the 1600 block of Cadillac Street in Windsor, Ontario which resulted in the seizure of a stun gun, a small quantity of cocaine, cannabis marihuana, drug paraphernalia and stolen computer equipment.
On September 14th, 2012 CBSA in Vancouver intercepted a parcel originating in China. An examination of that parcel resulted in a stun gun being seized. The intended recipient of the package was a Windsor resident. The RCMP Windsor BRT conducted their investigation in conjunction with CBSA investigators which resulted in the execution of a search warrant at the residence were the parcel was destined. As a result of that search warrant, investigators seized the prohibited weapon, the drugs, the stolen goods as well as evidence of a previous indoor cannabis marihuana grow op.
A 39 year old Windsor man now faces charges of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace, possession of a prohibited weapon when unauthorized, unlawful importation of a prohibited weapon, possession of a prohibited weapon while prohibited by court order and possession of stolen property under $5000 (all contrary to the Criminal Code). This same man also faces charges under Section 155 of the Customs Act for possession of prohibited goods Illegally imported.
A 15 year old Windsor resident, who was also in the residence at the time of the search, also faces charges of possession of cocaine, possession of cannabis marihuana (contrary to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act) and one charge of breaching the conditions of an undertaking before an officer in charge contrary to the Criminal Code.
Both are scheduled to appear in the Windsor Court of Justice on September 26th, 2012.
"This investigation demonstrates the ability to interrupt criminal activity through the combined efforts and cooperation of enforcement agencies. The seizure of any weapons contributes immediately to community safety," said Sgt. Peter Koersvelt of the Windsor Border Response Team.
"This is excellent work by our border services officers in Vancouver who intercepted the package from China resulting in various charges being laid by both the RCMP and the CBSA's Criminal Investigation Division in Windsor," said Rick Comerford, Regional Director General, Southern Ontario Region. "CBSA works closely with the RCMP to protect the safety and security of Canadians."
The investigation is still ongoing; further charges could be pending.
Anyone with any information concerning criminal activity in our communities is encouraged to contact the RCMP at 1-800-387-0020 , Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or the CBSA Border Watch Toll-free Line at 1-800-502-9060.
Border Response Teams (BRT) enhance border integrity and security along the shared Canada/U.S. border by identifying, investigating and interdicting persons, organizations and goods that threaten the national security of our countries or that are involved in organized criminal activity. The Windsor Border Response Team is comprised of members of the RCMP and the Canada Border Services Agency.
SOURCE: Royal Canadian Mounted Police
For further information:
Sgt. Peter KOERSVELT
Jean D'Amelio Swyer
Southern Ontario Region
(519)967-4330 or (905)354-2011