Officers with the Canada Border Services Agency seized more than US$10,000 in cash and two handguns â€” one loaded â€” from an American man as he tried to cross the border into Canada last fall near Rossland.
Appearing in Rossland provincial court last week, Calvin Jarvis pleaded guilty to possession of illegally imported goods, an offence under Section 155 of the Customs Act, and possession of firearms, contrary to Section 91(1) of the Criminal Code. He was fined $5,000.
The news came in a release from the Canada Border Services Agency.
The agency said Jarvis attempted to enter Canada at the Paterson border crossing on Oct. 18, 2013, when border officers were conducting outbound currency checks.
While examining Jarvis's vehicle, officers found and seized more than $10,000 in undeclared cash. They also found two undeclared firearms: a loaded Smith & Wesson revolver and an unloaded Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol containing a high-capacity magazine.
The cash was returned after Jarvis paid a $250 penalty, but the guns were seized and Jarvis didn't get them back.
Travellers must declare all goods they are bringing into Canada, including any firearms and weapons. They also must declare all currency and other monetary instruments over $10,000 when they enter or leave Canada.
Failure to declare goods, including firearms, and other Customs Act contraventions can lead to prosecution.
The Canada Border Services Agency says its officers in the Okanagan and Kootenays region have seized 35 undeclared firearms since April 2013.