CBSA Seizure of Prohibited Firearms Lands Jail Sentence for New Brunswicker

CBSA Seizure of Prohibited Firearms Lands Jail Sentence for New Brunswicker
CBSA Seizure of Prohibited Firearms Lands Jail Sentence for New Brunswicker

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is committed to keeping Canadians safe and ensuring that individuals who attempt to smuggle illegal firearms across the border are held accountable. actions.

On June 18, 2024, a New Brunswick man appeared in Edmundston Provincial Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to numerous firearms-related offenses, including smuggling and manufacturing firearms. Daniel Marcel Ruest (57 years old) of Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska, New Brunswick, was sentenced to four and a half years of imprisonment. This sentence stems from an investigation led by CBSA investigators in New Brunswick following a seizure carried out by CBSA officers in Ontario.

In May 2023, CBSA officers in the Greater Toronto Area intercepted three suspicious packages that were addressed to Ruest. The packages contained a firearm silencer and two replica handguns, all considered prohibited items in Canada. The packages were seized and the matter was referred to CBSA Criminal Investigations in New Brunswick for further investigation.

An investigation conducted in collaboration with the Edmundston Police Force and CBSA Criminal Investigations resulted in the arrest of Ruest in Edmundston, New Brunswick, on September 11, 2023. Following the arrest, the Police Force of Edmundston searched Ruest’s vehicle and seized numerous items, including a .22 caliber hunting rifle, a bear gun loaded with a 12 caliber cartridge as well as ammunition.

CBSA investigators and intelligence officers, with assistance from the CBSA Detector Dog Service, the RCMP National Firearms Enforcement Support Team and the Western District of the RCMP in New Brunswick, then executed a search warrant at Ruest’s residence in Sainte-Anne-de-Madawaska, New Brunswick. Ruest was taken to the Edmundston police station, where he was held in custody until the search warrant was executed.

During the search, the CBSA seized unsecurely stored firearms, namely six long rifles, six sawn-off shotguns, a .38 caliber revolver and a semi-automatic pistol. She also seized four homemade firearms, a brass knuckle, a stun baton, six firearm silencers, a splinter vest and five prohibited automatic knives.

On April 4, 2024, Ruest pleaded guilty to various charges under the Customs Act and Criminal Code filed by CBSA Criminal Investigations. On June 18, 2024, he was convicted of the following offenses:

  • Contraband, under the terms of article 159 of the Customs Act;
  • Manufacture of firearms, under subsection 99(1) of Criminal Code;
  • Unauthorized possession of prohibited firearms under subsection 91(1) of Criminal Code;
  • Unauthorized possession of restricted firearms under subsection 91(1) of Criminal Code;
  • Unauthorized possession of unrestricted firearms under subsection 91(1) of Criminal Code;
  • Possession of prohibited devices, under subsection 91(2) of the Criminal Code;
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon, under subsection 92(2) of Criminal Code;
  • Possession of loaded prohibited firearms under subsection 95(1) of Criminal Code;
  • Possession of a prohibited firearm with readily accessible ammunition, under subsection 95(1) of the Criminal Code.

The sentence imposed on Ruest by the court also included a number of convictions for other charges brought by the Edmundston Police Force under Criminal Code and some Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.

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“We are proud of the work CBSA staff do to prevent firearms and prohibited devices from entering Canada. This kind of collaboration with our law enforcement partners and the resulting prison sentence make a real difference in the protection of Canadians. »

Source: Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA)

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