Largest firearm seizure on record reported at Pearson Airport

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Today (June 10), the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced that it seized 65 prohibited guns at Toronto Pearson International Airport—the largest single firearm seizure on record.

The CBSA says that on May 27, 2020, officers arrived at a Brampton warehouse to verify a shipment arriving from the United States. The shipment was declared as "starter guns" in the accompanying customs commercial declaration. 

According to the CBSA, officers noticed some anomalies with the customs declaration and upon examination, discovered several hard plastic cases containing a total of 45 revolvers. A related shipment was examined and resulted in the seizure of 20 additional revolvers. All of the seized firearms are prohibited in Canada, per the Firearms Reference Table.

The guns will not be released to the importers.

"I am proud of my team as they continue to make these important interceptions of firearms to keep them off our streets," Lisa Janes, Regional Director General, Greater Toronto Area Region, Canada Border Services Agency, said in a statement.

"The CBSA is committed to detecting and stopping gun smuggling into Canada and to keeping our communities safe. The GTA Region Firearms Interdiction Team will continue to verify all firearms coming into Toronto Pearson, resulting in seizures that will disrupt dangerous criminal networks."

Photos courtesy of CBSA

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