Calgary, Alberta, February 22, 2012 — The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced today the seizure of a large cache of firearms and weapons. CBSA officers at the Coutts, Alberta port of entry seized 75 firearms, including 48 handguns — four of which were loaded — one blowgun, one pistol crossbow and 12 high capacity magazines. This is the largest handgun seizure in the history of the port of Coutts.
On February 21, 2012, a Florida resident arrived at the port of Coutts, transiting to Alaska. When asked by CBSA officers if he had any firearms, he declared that he had none. Officers began a secondary examination of his vehicle, where they discovered the guns and accessories hidden inside his pickup truck. The weapons were seized.
George Foster, 54, was arrested and turned over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. At this time, Foster faces 10 charges, however as the investigation unfolds, additional charges may be pending by RCMP and CBSA. His next court appearance is February 23 in Lethbridge Provincial Court.
"This seizure demonstrates the commitment of CBSA officers in making sure our borders aren't used for illegal activity," said Lauren D. Delgaty, Regional Director General, CBSA Prairie Region. "Our firearms laws are clear and these enforcement actions help keep Canada's communities safe and secure."
The CBSA reminds all travellers that they are required to declare all goods they are bringing into Canada, including any firearms and weapons in their possession. Failure to declare goods (including firearms) and other Customs Act contraventions may lead to prosecution in a court of law.
For information about your rights and obligations regarding the importation of firearms and other weapons into Canada, visit the CBSA Web site.
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