The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced on Tuesday the seizure of 18 firearms, along with weapons and ammunition, at the port of Coutts, across the border from Sweetgrass.
In a press release, the agency says that on Saturday, September 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.
Officers began a routine secondary examination of the vehicle, where they discovered the following contraband concealed under a bed in the travel trailer:
- 7 rifles (restricted and non-restricted),
- 11 hand guns (restricted and prohibited),
- 9 prohibited over-capacity magazines,
- 4 flares,
- 12 non-explosive smoke grenades
- 1 incendiary grenade
- 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.