Six Firearms Seized at Canadian Border

Posted at: 08/23/2013 3:51 PM | Updated at: 08/23/2013 4:04 PM


Four loaded handguns and two canisters of pepper spray seized from a traveller at the Pigeon River port of entry on August 12.

Photo provided by Canada Border Services Agency

Canadian authorities reported Friday that they seized six firearms at Northland border crossings earlier this month, including three loaded firearms found in a motorhome and a disassembled firearm found in another vehicle.

The Canada Border Services Agnecy said four handguns were discovered at the Pigeon River Port of Entry, which is near Grand Portage, on Aug. 12.  Officers found a loaded handgun in the bedroom of a motorhome, two loaded handguns in the motorhome's bathroom, and another handgun in a vehicle being towed behind the motorhome.  Two canisters of pepper spray were found in the tow vehicle as well.

The motorhome traveller, John Harold Hargreaves of Crystal River, Florida, spent four days in Canadian prison before pleading guilty to failing to report the firearms and carrying a concealed weapon.  He was sentenced to time served plus a $4,000 fine.

In a separate incident at Pigeon River, authorities allegedly found parts of a semi-automatic firearm dispersed throughout a vehicle on Aug. 14.  Zachary Kennedy Williams, of Culver, Oregon, was charged with failing to report, willful evasion, possession of prohibited goods, and smuggling.  He was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in a Thunder Bay courtroom next month.

Meanwhile, a loaded revolver was allegedly found in a vehicle at the Fort Frances border crossing on Aug. 14.  Eric Michael Groner of Cleveland, Texas, was charged with failing to report, willful evasion, possession of prohibited goods, and smuggling.  He was also released on bail and is scheduled to appear in a Fort Frances courtroom next week.

Travellers entering Canada are required to declare firearms at border inspection stations.

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