An American resident has pled guilty to possession of illegally imported goods and possession of firearms following an arrest at the Paterson port of entry last year.
Calvin Jarvis pled guilty in Rossland Court on Jan. 9 and was fined $5,000 following a vehicle inspection on Oct. 18, 2013.
In a press release from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), while examining Jarvis’ vehicle, officers located and seized over $10,000 in undeclared cash. The officers also found two undeclared firearms – a loaded Smith & Wesson revolver and an unloaded Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol containing a high-capacity magazine.
The currency was returned upon payment of a $250 penalty but the firearms were seized with no terms of release. The CBSA did not identify Jarvis’s hometown.
Since April 2013, border officers in the Okanagan and Kootenays have seized a total of 35 undeclared firearms. Travelers are required to declare all goods they are bringing into Canada, including any firearms and weapons in their possession.
Travelers must also declare all currency and other monetary instruments over $10,000 at entry or exit from Canada.