Guns seized in cross-bor­der smug­gling in­ves­ti­ga­tion

North Bay Nugget - - OPINION - Nicole Thomp­son

Toronto — a woman ac­cused of smug­gling guns in the gas tank of her rental car was part of an elab­o­rate cross-bor­der firearms traf­fick­ing op­er­a­tion that has been dis­man­tled, Toronto po­lice al­leged Wed­nes­day as they an­nounced mul­ti­ple ar­rests in the case.

Thirty guns, more than a hun­dred rounds of am­mu­ni­tion, 13 kg of mar­i­juana and 280 grams of co­caine in var­i­ous forms were seized in a multi-ju­ris­dic­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­volv­ing the Toronto Po­lice, the Canada bor­der ser­vices agency and the u.s. bureau of al­co­hol, To­bacco and Firearms.

“I think we’ve ef­fec­tively dis­man­tled one firearm im­por­ta­tion ring,” said act­ing Insp. don be­langer, stand­ing at a podium sur­rounded by the hand­guns and bags of drugs that of­fi­cers had seized. “ev­ery one of these guns, there’s one pur­pose for it. They’re to be sold to the crim­i­nal el­e­ment in Toronto and the gta.”

The probe came to a head when a woman was caught at the Peace bridge bor­der cross­ing late last month al­legedly try­ing to smug­gle 25 of those guns into Canada, he said, not­ing that each hand­gun had been in­di­vid­u­ally wrapped in plas­tic and sub­merged in the gas tank of her rented Nis­san rogue.

“ev­ery sin­gle one of these guns ended up doused in gaso­line, so they did a very poor job of seal­ing them,” he said. “For me, this is ab­so­lutely a first.”

The oct. 31 ar­rest of 50-year-old rima man­sour of Toronto, who is fac­ing 27 gun traf­fick­ing charges, led of­fi­cers to carry out 13 search war­rants in Toronto and Peel and durham re­gions, be­langer said.

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