CBSA makes firearms seizure at Lansdowne and charges U.S. traveller

July 27, 2023
Lansdowne, Ontario

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is committed to keeping undeclared and prohibited firearms from entering the country and keeping our communities safe.

Today, the CBSA announced that it has laid charges following a firearms seizure in Ontario.

On July 5, 2023, Richard Lyndon Ray, a U.S. resident, arrived at the Lansdowne port of entry and was referred for a secondary examination. During the examination, CBSA officers discovered 2 prohibited handguns, 2 long guns, a prohibited butterfly knife and ammunition inside the vehicle. All of the items were seized.

Ray was arrested and charged by the CBSA with:

  • 4 counts of smuggling, contrary to Section 159(1) of the Customs Act
  • 4 counts of non-report of goods, contrary to Section 12(1) of the Customs Act
  • Making false statements, contrary to Section 153(a) of the Customs Act
  • 4 counts of possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, contrary to Section 92(1) of the Criminal Code
  • 2 counts of possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition, contrary to Section 95(1) of the Criminal Code
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon, contrary to Section 91(2) of the Criminal Code
  • 4 counts of careless use of a firearm, contrary to Section 86(1) of the Criminal Code

He is next scheduled to appear in court in Brockville on August 11, 2023.

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