An American man who tried to cross the Abbotsford-Huntingdon border crossing on July 14 with an undeclared, loaded .380 handgun has been charged with three offences.
Jack Rena Vinson, 54, was charged in Abbotsford provincial court with smuggling goods into Canada, unauthorized possession of a firearm and possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition.
Vinson is currently in the custody of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
The CBSA has seized 75 firearms in the Pacific region, which includes Abbotsford, from Jan. 1 to July 18, according to spokesperson Stefanie Wudel. Ten of those were seized last week.
Wudel said most of the weapons were personal firearms belonging to travellers from the United States who neglected to declare them.
Also recently seized were five loaded handguns and a loaded shotgun at the Aldergrove border crossing. Two travellers, Hugh Wayne Barr and Danny Ray Cross, were en route to Alaska and did not declare the weapons, which were found during a search of their vehicle.
They have been charged with firearms offences under the Criminal Code and smuggling under the Customs Act. Each was ordered to post $50,000 bail for their release.