Posted: Sep 12, 2012 8:26 AM by MTN News
Updated: Sep 12, 2012 7:38 AM
The Canada Border Services Agency announced Tuesday the seizure of 18 firearms, along with weapons and ammunition, at the port of Coutts, Alberta, across the border from Sweetgrass. The seizure was unrelated to a Sept. 8 security incident that closed the border for hours.
In a press release, the agency says that on Sept. 8, three U.S. residents arrived at the port of Coutts heading to Alaska in a pick-up truck and travel trailer.
When asked by CBSA officers if there were any firearms in the vehicle or trailer, the driver declared that he had seven long guns.
During routine examination of the vehicle, officers found contraband hidden under the travel trailer's bed, including seven rifles, eleven handguns twelve smoke grenades, one incendiary grenade, nine over-capacity magazines, four flares and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
Michael John Dorsey, 42, of Alaska, was arrested and turned over to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Border Integrity section, and faces six Criminal Code and two Customs Act charges.
Last week, the border crossing was closed for several hours after a reported suspicious package was received at the Port of Coutts.