Friday, 27 July 2012 11:41

Florida man receives three-year prison sentence following smuggling case at Port of Coutts

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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced July 27 that George Foster, 54, has received a three-year prison sentence following a smuggling incident at the port of Coutts in February 2012.


On February 21, 2012, the Florida resident arrived at the port of Coutts, transiting to Alaska. When asked by CBSA officers if he had any firearms, Foster declared that he had none. Officers began a secondary examination of his vehicle, where they discovered 75 guns, including 48 handguns - four of which were loaded - one blowgun, one pistol crossbow, and 12 high capacity magazines hidden inside his pickup truck.
This was the largest handgun seizure in the history of the port of Coutts.

On July 24 in Lethbridge Provincial Court, Foster pled guilty to four Criminal Code offences and two Customs Act offences. Foster had remained in custody since his arrest in February.

The CBSA reminds all travellers that they are required to answer all questions truthfully and declare all 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 law.

For information about your rights and obligations regarding the importation and exportation of firearms and other weapons into Canada, visit the CBSA Web site <http://www.cbsa-asfc.gc.ca/media/facts-faits/097-eng.html> .

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