NEWS RELEASE · 4th May 2012
Update: According to the officer in charge the search warrant was executed on the 4600 block of Lakelse Ave and was not at a business, but at a residence. Charges have not yet been approved, therefore a name can not yet be released.
On April 16th, 2012 Canada Border Services Agency officers at the Vancouver International Mail Centre examined a package from Hong Kong that was destined to a residential address in Terrace, BC. The parcel was declared as “electrical toys”, however, when officers x-rayed the parcel, they identified inconsistencies, and it was referred for further examination. Officers opened the box to verify the contents, and found 21 stun guns (20 flashlight style and 1 rectangular shaped). Border services officers seized the 21 prohibited weapons and contacted members of the RCMP Border Integrity Program who initiated their investigation.
With the assistance of North District Drug Section and Terrace General Investigative Section / Crime Reduction Unit, members of the Prince Rupert Border Integrity Program executed a search warrant at a residential address in Terrace, BC on April 27th, 2012. During the search police located and seized 5 additional flashlight style stun guns with the word police on them, marihuana, and prescription drugs.
A 28 year old Terrace, BC resident was arrested and faces a number of Criminal Code charges which include: Importation of Prohibited Weapons knowing they are Prohibited, Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, and Possession of a Prohibited Weapon. He also faces charges of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
“The Importation of prohibited weapons into Canada shows a blatant disregard for police and public safety,” says Sgt Jagdev Uppal, British Columbia Federal Border Integrity Program. “The safety and security of our communities is a top priority for the RCMP and CBSA and we will continue to work together to ensure prohibited weapons are taken off the streets.”
Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity is asked to call their local RCMP or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
The style destined for Terrace - Photo by the RCMP
A rectangular style of Stun Gun
Comment by MaggieJo Johnson on 4th May 2012
It will be interesting to see if this 28 yr old will plead "not guilty".
Hey. Maybe he IS innocent and was just gonna save them to hand out in Halloween treat bags so kids could stay "safe" when out and about on that night????