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Guilty plea in smuggling case

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A Texas male has pled guilty in to smuggling firearms at the Port of Oungre border crossing.

According to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), John Chris Blanchard, 55, of Henderson, Texas, pleaded guilty in Regina Provincial Court on February 21, and was sentenced to time-served and a $5,000 fine.

Blanchard was travelling to Alberta on February 17 when CBSA officers examined his vehicle and seized a loaded nine-millimetre handgun, a loaded .380 caliber handgun, and two high-capacity magazines. Officers arrested him and turned him over to CBSA’s Criminal Investigations Section.

This is the fourth firearm seizure in Saskatchewan this year. In 2013, CBSA officers in the province seized 24 undeclared firearms.

The CBSA reminds 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.

 


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