The CBSA announced the seizure of 26 firearms and prohibited devices at the Cornwall port of entry.
On March 28, 2021, Christopher Jacobs, a Quebec resident, arrived at the Cornwall port of entry and was referred for a secondary examination. During the examination, officers discovered:
1 assault rifle
17 prohibited handguns
8 restricted handguns
2 fast loaders and one loader
Jacobs was arrested for offences under the Customs Act and the Criminal Code of Canada related to firearm smuggling and is being held on a criminal hold.
He is scheduled to appear in court in Cornwall on April 12, 2021, to face charges on the following counts:
S. 12 Customs Act – one count of non report
S. 153(a) Customs Act – one count of making false statements
S. 159 Customs Act – one count of smuggling
S.91(1) Criminal Code of Canada – 26 counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm
S.104(1)(a) Criminal Code of Canada – 26 counts of importing firearms
The investigation is ongoing.
“This demonstrates the vigilance and commitment of the CBSA to ensuring that our borders are not used for illegal activity. I am proud of the excellent work by our officers who continue to protect Canadian communities from the impacts of gun smuggling.”
-Stephanie Chenier, Acting Regional Director General, CBSA