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Two major weapons seizures at North Portal

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Firearms and ammunition were seized at North Portal on July 19.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) Criminal Investigations Unit has laid six charges against two individuals, stemming from separate seizures at the North Portal border crossing.

Each man faces three charges under the Customs Act.

CBSA officers examined a vehicle on July 19, and seized the following undeclared items: a loaded .40 calibre semi-automatic pistol, a loaded nine-millimetre semi-automatic pistol, 11 overcapacity magazine clips, one undeclared shotgun, parts for an M-16 assault rifle, two prohibited butterfly knives and two prohibited switchblades.

Lewis James Harpster, 50, of Belding, Michigan, was arrested and charged accordingly. His next court appearance is scheduled for August 27 in Regina.

Two days later, CBSA officers examined a vehicle and located a loaded nine-millimetre pistol in the centre console, as well as a loaded .45 calibre pistol and a loaded .22 calibre pistol, which were inside a backpack.

Officers arrested Richard Ray Peters, 65, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

Peters was in court on July 22, where he pled guilty to the charges, and was given a $3,000 fine.

"I commend our officers in North Portal for preventing such a large cache of weapons from entering our country," said CBSA Prairie Region acting regional director general Kim Scoville. "The CBSA will continue to provide security to Canadians by keeping these weapons off of our streets and out of our communities."

Officers in southern Saskatchewan have seized 24 undeclared firearms this year.


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