LETHBRIDGE: The RCMP and Canada Border Services kept 16 firearms from hitting Canadian streets last Tuesday at the Carway crossing.
The firearms were allegedly found on a trailer in numerous custom made boxes, being pulled back into the country by 48-year old Kevin Lorne Swanson.
The weapons ranged from what look like antinque pistols to a fully automatic rifle and a sniper rifle with a silencer attached. There was also over capacity magazine clips.
Kevin Hewson with the Canadian Border Services Agency noted that they searched Swanson's vehicle for a number of reasons when he arrived at the crossing. The first was that he was showing several signs that he may be lying. The boxes on the trailer as well as Swanson's time spent in the US were also considered warning signs.
RCMP Corporal Charles Brown from the Cardston detachment stated that the discovery is very concerning, as the last two weapons mentioned are the types of things street gangs are looking to import.
Brown added that they are continuing to investigate the matter, trying to determine where the guns came from, and more importantly where they were headed. On that note he commented that there is the possibility that others could be charged as well.
It was also noted that the discovery was one of the largest weapons seizures at the Alberta stretch of the Canadian border, and that so far this year there have been 329 weapons seizures at the various crossings.
Swanson, who has already been issued a penalty of $11,500 at the border, was turned over to the RCMP and he has since been released on bail. He faces charges of Illegal Importation of Unauthorized firearm, Unauthorized possession of a firearm and Possession of a Prohibited Device. Swanson will also have to turn in his Canadian passport and his US Permanent Residence Card.
His first court appearance is set for September 9th.