LONDON, ON, June 22, 2012 /CNW/ - The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), London Detachment and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Southern Ontario Region successfully completed a joint investigation where a number of prohibited weapons were seized.
CBSA officers at the International Mail Processing Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia intercepted three parcels destined for London, Ontario on June 13, 2012. The parcels, which originated from Singapore, were examined and found to contain sixteen stun guns which are prohibited weapons in Canada. As a result, CBSA and the RCMP initiated a joint investigation in which a search warrant was executed at a London residence on June 21, 2012. While searching the residence, officers seized a pistol crossbow, several swords, a small quantity of marihuana, drug paraphernalia, contraband tobacco and several computers.
A 24 year old man and a 21 year old woman both of London were arrested and face multiple Criminal Code and Customs Act charges including importation of a prohibited weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, smuggling prohibited goods and possession of prohibited goods.
"A significant number of dangerous weapons have been prevented from reaching the streets as a result of the joint efforts of the Canada Border Services Agency and the RCMP," stated S/Sgt. Steve Arthur, Acting Officer in Charge of RCMP London Detachment. "The RCMP is committed to working closely with CBSA to ensure the safety and security of our communities."
Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity is encouraged to call the CBSA Border Watch toll-free line at 1-888-502-9060.
For further information:
Cpl. Darren Morgan
Media Relation Officer
RCMP "O" Division
Office: (519) 645-4329 ext. 248