Weapons seized, man arrested on U.S. warrant after vessel search off Pender Island

Arrest after vessel search

Mounties patrolling B.C.'s marine border say a recent search of an Alaska-bound fishing vessel led to a weapons seizure and an arrest.

Members of a BC RCMP Federal Shiprider crew were on patrol in the Haro and Juan de Fuca straits on June 23 when they saw a 54-foot custom fishing vessel near Moresby Island.

Officers boarded the vessel and directed it a nearby harbour on South Pender Island for inspection by the Canada Border Services Agency, police said.

CBSA officers found prohibited firearms and parts, as well as unrestricted firearms.

Police also say one of the men on the boat was wanted in the U.S. for felony drug-related charges.

The weapons and parts were seized, and the occupants of the vessel were ordered to pay $4,200 in Customs Act fines.

"The crew were allowed to withdraw their application to enter Canada and subsequently returned to the United States," Mounties said in their release.

"Shiprider escorted the vessel back to U.S. waters where it was intercepted by American authorities, who subsequently arrested the man on his outstanding warrant."

-With files from CTV Vancouver Island

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