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UPDATED: Reports indicate police raid in Oliver centred on man charged recently with gun smuggling
The Canada Border Services Agency has confirmed that a criminal investigation in Oliver Wednesday morning was related to a local man accused of firearms smuggling.
Border officials and RCMP executed a search warrant on Osoyoos Indian Band land in relation to the ongoing firearms smuggling investigation associated with Alex Louie. No arrests were made.
On Feb. 1 Louie was arrested by the border agency, which laid a total of nine charges as a result of an incident that occurred at the Osoyoos port of entry on that date.
Louie was charged with: two counts of smuggling, two counts of possession of unlawfully imported goods, and one count of making false statements under the Customs Act; and two counts each of unauthorized possession of firearms and importing firearms knowing it is unauthorized under the Criminal Code.
Louie is currently in custody facing these charges.
Louie was arrested two weeks ago and charged with attempting to smuggle two handguns into Canada at the Osoyoos border crossing.
CBSA officials were assisted by the Oliver RCMP and the Emergency Response Team.
Numerous RCMP officers and emergency response team members gathered at the Oliver fire hall early Wednesday morning, making it their command centre.
Sergeant Blaine Gervais of the Oliver RCMP said earlier Wednesday they were conducting some sort of “action,” however, he would not elaborate.
Gervais later said the RCMP were supporting the border agency in their investigation.
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