Pigeon River, Ontario – On August 25, 2016, officers at the Pigeon River port of entry seized a prohibited weapon in two separate incidents from United States visitors who failed to declare.
A 64-year-old Ohio woman sought entry to Canada and was referred for a secondary examination. During the secondary examination, border services officers found a 9mm loaded handgun inside the glove box of the vehicle. The traveller had a permit to carry a concealed handgun but failed to declare any weapons at primary inspection. The gun was seized and the driver was arrested.
Charges are pending and the traveller was released on a recognizance to appear in a Thunder Bay court scheduled for October 24, 2016. A $1,000 penalty was applied for the release of the vehicle.
“The interdiction of high-risk commodities, such as firearms and weapons, is an enforcement priority for our officers. Attempting to smuggle firearms across the border can result in immediate forfeiture, hefty fines, and even significant jail time. Remember to leave your handguns at home.” – Tuula Schuler, CBSA Northwestern Ontario District Director
At the same time officers were dealing with this seizure, a separate referral for a secondary examination resulted in a seizure of a stun gun from a 58-year-old woman from Iowa. The traveller was issued an Allowed to Leave Canada and a $500 penalty was assessed and paid for the return of the vehicle.
Canada Border Service Agency