Firearms seized at border

A US resident will appear in a Penticton court later this week after he was found to be in possession of a loaded .45 caliber handgun while crossing the border at Osoyoos.

The weapon was found during a secondary examination of his vehicle on July 21.

Cole Phillips was charged with one count of smuggling under the Customs Act plus one count each of possessing a restricted firearm and possessing a loaded firearm under the Criminal Code.

The firearm was seized as was Phillips' vehicle which was released upon payment of a $1,500 penalty.

Phillips was released on a $2,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to appear in court in Penticton Wednesday.

On the same day officers at the Cascade Border Crossing (Christina Lake), discovered two loaded handguns and five magazines under the bed of a travel trailer during an inspection.

The firearms, ammunition and vehicle were all seized.

The traveller was arrested and had to pay a $2,000 fine for release of the vehicle and a $500 bond for his release based on recognizance to appear in court at a later date.



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