LETHBRIDGE: A Utah man was sentenced in Lethbridge court on Wednesday, in relation to a
smuggling incident at Coutts.
On August 9th, of this year, 62-year old Franklin Michael Crane tried to enter Canada
at the Coutts border crossing and was flagged for further inspection, during
which border guards found a loaded 9-mm handgun in the centre console of his
vehicle. Crane was arrested.
In Lethbridge Provincial Court, Crane was convicted of smuggling under the Customs
Act and sentenced to six days in jail, or time served, a $5,000 fine,
forfeiture of the firearm and a 10-year weapons prohibition order.
According to Lauren D. Delgaty, Regional Director General for CBSA in the
Prairie Region, “Whether it’s one handgun or several, the CBSA
is committed to upholding Canadian laws and taking
appropriate enforcement action to ensure the safety of Canada and its
The CBSA reminds all travellers that they are required
to declare all goods they are bringing into Canada, including any firearms and
weapons in their possession. Failure to declare goods (including firearms) and
other Customs Act contraventions may lead to prosecution in a court of