One man faces 27 weapons and smuggling charges after the Canadian Border Service Agency seized a cache of hidden handguns and ammunition magazines at the Pacific Highway crossing last month.
On March 23, a U.S. traveler entering Canada at the South Surrey truck crossing was pulled out of the line for a secondary examination.
During the search, which was aided by a CBSA detector dog, a handgun was revealed behind the vehicle’s factory paneling. A further examination resulted in the discovery of 18 more handguns and 32 over-capacity magazines hidden behind various panels.
Scott MacCallum Osborne, a Canadian living in the U.S., was arrested and charged on 27 counts related to smuggling, illegal importation, and possession of firearms.
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Osborne, who was born in 1971, was released from custody after posting $50,000 bail. His next scheduled appearance in Surrey Provincial Court is on Feb. 15, 2019.
“This seizure highlights the CBSA’s commitment to protecting Canada and showcases the skill and dedication of our border services officers in recognizing and acting on illegal activity at our borders,” said CBSA Pacific Highway director Daniela Evans.
The CBSA seized 738 firearms in 2017, including 206 in the Pacific region.