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Thursday, July 14, 2016

17 guns seized at Alberta border crossings in June


Alberta Canada Border Services Agency - The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is pleased to share a sample of June highlights from its border crossings in southern Alberta, including the seizure of 17 undeclared guns in 11 separate incidents at Coutts, Carway and Chief Mountain. Following are some of the most significant:

On June 1, at Coutts, officers seized a loaded prohibited 9mm handgun and eight overcapacity magazines. The CBSA charged Matthew Dale Winn, 28, of Colorado, on seven counts under the Customs Act and Criminal Code. He is scheduled to appear in Lethbridge Provincial Court on July 20.

On June 11, at Coutts, officers seized a prohibited .22-calibre handgun and a .22-calibre rifle. The CBSA charged Stephen Drake, 63, of New Mexico, on six counts under the Customs Act and Criminal Code. He is scheduled to appear in Lethbridge Provincial Court on July 20.

On June 16, at Coutts, officers seized a rifle and three shotguns. The CBSA charged Michael James Gerstner, 56, of Colorado, on seven counts under theCustoms Act and Criminal Code, and he is scheduled to appear in Lethbridge Provincial Court on July 20.

On June 28 at Coutts, officers seized a restricted AR-15 assault rifle and four overcapacity 30-round magazines from the back of a cargo trailer. A male Indiana resident paid a $1,500 penalty for failing to declare and was refused entry to Canada.

On June 7 at Coutts, officers intercepted a returning Alberta commercial driver wanted on two counts of sexual assault. Officers arrested the man and turned him over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). On June 23 at Carway, officers arrested a Montana man after he failed a breathalyzer test. They turned him over to the RCMP and later returned him to the United States.

Officers refused entry to other foreign nationals for various reasons, including criminality:


On June 12 at the remote Del Bonita border crossing, officers refused entry to a male United States (U.S.) resident with convictions for assault and criminal possession of dangerous drugs.
On June 17 at Carway, officers refused entry to a male U.S. resident convicted of battery.
On June 28, officers at Coutts refused entry to a male U.S. resident convicted of extortion. He also attempted to cross at Del Bonita later that day and was again refused entry.

On June 15, at Coutts, officers caught a Colorado woman trying to dispose of a can of prohibited pepper spray in the ashtray outside the office after she had declared no weapons and been referred for examination. Officers seized the contraband, issued her a $500 penalty for failing to declare and she was admitted to Canada.

On June 24, at Coutts, a British Columbia couple declared a semi-truck they were importing at $23,000, but officers found they had actually purchased it for nearly $64,000. As a result, they paid a penalty of more than $16,000 for being untruthful. Had they properly declared, they would have paid $3,200 in goods and services tax.

Quick Facts

· The 17 guns represent the most undeclared firearms seized in southern Alberta in a single month since July 2014.

· CBSA officers in southern Alberta process an average of 95,421 travellers in 38,679 cars and 10,755 commercial trucks every month (based on 2015 statistics).



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