U.S. resident faces charges of smuggling loaded handgun at Osoyoos border

By on August 13, 2014
These handguns were seized at the Cascade port of entry on July 21, the same day that another loaded handgun was seized at the Osoyoos port of entry. These were found under the sleeping bed of a travel trailer during a vehicle examination and were seized. (Canada Border Services Agency)

These handguns were seized at the Cascade port of entry on July 21, the same day that another loaded handgun was seized at the Osoyoos port of entry. These were found under the sleeping bed of a travel trailer during a vehicle examination and were seized. (Canada Border Services Agency)

A U.S. resident who tried to bring a loaded .45 calibre handgun into Canada at the Osoyoos border crossing is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.

Cole Phillips was charged with one count of smuggling under the Customs Act, one count of possessing a restricted firearm and one count of possessing a loaded firearm under the Criminal Code of Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said in a news release.

The incident occurred July 21 when border service officers seized the handgun during a secondary examination.

Phillips was released on a $2,000 cash bail and is scheduled to appear in Penticton Provincial Court on Wednesday, Aug. 13.

The firearm was seized with no terms of release. The vehicle was also seized and was released upon payment of a $1,500 penalty.

The Osoyoos port of entry has been the scene of eight weapons seizures this year between Jan. 1 and July 22.

In the entire Okanagan and Kootenay CBSA districts, border services officers have made 30 seizures of firearms, weapons, parts and ammunition in the same period. In total, 22 firearms were seized including eight prohibited, 10 restricted and four non-restricted.

Both Canadian residents and non-residents importing firearms and weapons are required to declare them and meet all licensing and registration requirements under the Firearms Act.

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