Charges have been laid against Robert Greening of Corner Brook after the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) seized 10 illegal stun guns, two stun gun cartridges, and a set of brass knuckles.
Greening also faces charges laid by the RCMP.
He made a court appearance on Tuesday in Corner Brook.
According to a news release, on June 28 CBSA officers at the Vancouver International Mail Centre intercepted a package containing a stun gun destined for a Newfoundland and Labrador address.
As a result of this, CBSA investigators in Newfoundland and Labrador, assisted by postal inspectors from Canada Post’s Security and Investigation Service, seized six additional international mail shipments that were found to contain prohibited weapons and devices, destined for the same address.
On Sept. 7, after a joint investigation with the RCMP in Corner Brook, which included the execution of search warrants, the CBSA laid 13 Customs Act charges against Greening, while the RCMP laid 14 charges under the Criminal Code.
“Stun guns and brass knuckles are dangerous prohibited weapons, and as a result of the hard work by CBSA officers and investigators, we’ve prevented them from making it onto Newfoundland and Labrador streets,” said Andrew LeFrank, Regional Director General for CBSA Atlantic.
“The CBSA continues to work alongside partners like the RCMP and Canada Post, to ensure that we stop illegal smuggling activities in Atlantic Canada.”
The release notes stun guns are classified as prohibited weapons in Canada. With the exception of officials acting in the course of their duties, the Customs Tariff prohibits the importation of these weapons into Canada. Brass knuckles are also classified as prohibited weapons, and their importation is also illegal under the Customs Tariff.
Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity is encouraged to call the CBSA Border Watch toll-free line at 1-888-502-9060.