Ontario: CBSA seizes over 50 firearms from a vehicle in Point Edward

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The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) seized over 50 firearms from a vehicle in Point Edward of Ontario.

“On November 1, 2021, a vehicle was referred for secondary examination at the Blue Water Bridge port of entry in Point Edward, Ontario,” CBSA said in a statement.

During the examination, CBSA officers discovered 56 undeclared prohibited firearms,13 over-capacity magazines, 43 ten-round pistol magazines and 100 rounds of ammunition, located in boxes in the trunk of the car. All of the items were seized.

Vivian Richards, 48 years of age, was arrested and charged by the CBSA with making false or deceptive statements, contrary to the Customs Act, section 153(a), evading compliance, contrary to the Customs Act, section 153(c), keeping, acquiring, disposing of goods illegally imported, contrary to the Customs Act, section 155.

He was also charged with attempting to smuggle, contrary to the Customs Act, section 159, unauthorized possession of a firearm, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada, section 91(1), unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon or restricted weapon, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada, section 91(2), and possession for the purpose of weapons trafficking, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada, section 100(1).

Other charges laid against Richards include importing or exporting knowing it is unauthorized, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada, section 103(1), and, Possessing a firearm knowing that the serial number on it has been altered, defaced or removed, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada, section 108(1)(b).

Richards’ next court date is November 24, 2021, the Canadian Border Services Agency said, adding that the investigation is ongoing.

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