Canada border force arrested 2 over arms smuggling

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced charges today following the seizure of 24 undeclared firearms at the Coutts, Alberta border crossing.
On April 9, CBSA officers referred two Alaska-bound travelers for further examination. Each was driving an SUV and towing a trailer, and they were travelling together. The examination revealed 16 long guns and eight handguns that had not been declared. Four of the firearms were classified as prohibited, meaning visitors cannot import them for any reason. Additionally, officers seized 70 undeclared overcapacity magazines.
The CBSA charged Christopher Douglas Gies, 41, and Caroline Elizabeth Gies, 42, both U.S. residents, on seven counts pursuant to the Customs Act and eight counts pursuant to the Criminal Code. They are scheduled to make their next appearance on June 4, 2018 in Lethbridge Provincial Court.
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“Failing to declare at the border is not a time-saver, and it is definitely not worth the risk. We are happy to assist lawful gun owners with importing their firearms properly, but if you don’t declare them, you are breaking the law and will be treated accordingly.”–Press Release

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