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Illegal weapons seized from a home in Amherst, NS after an a joint investigation from multiple law enforcement agencies. Photo: CBSA.

Amherst man charged with weapon smuggling

By Evan Taylor Sep 1, 2022 | 1:59 PM

A joint investigation from the Canadian Border Services Agency and the RCMP has resulted in the seizure of 15 illegal weapons from a home in Amherst, Nova Scotia.

The investigation was prompted by the discovery of an illegal weapon at a mail processing facility in Toronto in July. Using the intended address which was in Amherst the authorities were able to obtain a search warrant.

Executing the search on August 10, CBSA and RCMP seized two cellphones and 15 prohibited weapons, including one brass knuckle, one switchblade, two butterfly knives, one tiger claw knife, one ballistic gun dart launcher and nine finger claw knives.

An unnamed 32-year-old Amherst man was arrested and transported to the Amherst RCMP Detachment. He will be facing a number of weapons-related and smuggling charges and will appear in Amherst Provincial Court at a later date.

“This seizure is yet another example of the great collaboration between our law enforcement agencies. I want to thank members of the CBSA, RCMP and law enforcement partners for their continued commitment to protecting our communities.”

-Marco Mendicino, Minister of Public Safety

The seizure is being touted as a prime example of collaborative law enforcement with Amherst Police Chief Dwyane Pike stating that having strong relationships with other law enforcement agencies is imperative in keeping a community safe. “.  This proactive response removed dangerous weapons from our community and remains a priority for all Law Enforcement agencies, regardless of the uniform or the jurisdiction,” said Pike.

If you have information about suspicious cross-border activity, you should contact the CBSA Border Watch toll-free line at 1-888-502-9060.




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