Chipman, Alberta – An investigation launched by the Alberta RCMP Federal Policing Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET) has resulted in charges laid against a man for importing various prohibited weapons, including stun guns, brass knuckles, and spring-activated knives.
On June 22, 2021, IBET charged Spencer Roberts, 32, of Chipman, Alta. with the following offences:
· Two counts of importation of a prohibited weapon under s.104 of the Criminal Code; and
· One count of smuggling under s.160 of the Customs Act.
Roberts is scheduled to appear in Fort Saskatchewan Provincial Court on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021.
IBET was able to successfully carry out this investigation with the assistance of the Fort Saskatchewan RCMP General Investigation Section and the Canada Border Services Agency.
“IBET is committed to maintaining the security of our nation’s borders, targeting any attempts to import contraband that threatens the safety of Canadians. Together with our partners, we were able to successfully lay charges in this investigation and disrupt the further smuggling of illegal weapons into Alberta.” – S/Sgt. John Lovie, Acting Operations Officer, Alberta RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime North
IBET is an integrated federal policing unit based out of Calgary and Edmonton that contributes to maintaining Canada’s safety and security including the land and air border domains in Alberta. Their mandate is to enhance border integrity and security along the shared border, between designated ports of entry, by identifying, investigating and interdicting persons, organizations and goods that are involved in criminal activities. The unit is comprised of members of the Alberta RCMP, Canada Border Enforcement Agency and Calgary Police Service.
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