On July 10, CBSA officers from the Calgary Commercial team intercepted a parcel from Hong Kong declared as flashlights. Upon further examination, officers found six conducted energy weapons (similar to a TASER), which are prohibited weapons in Canada. The information was referred to the RCMP for further investigation.
On July 12, the Airdrie RCMP Crime Reduction Unit executed a general warrant where one male was arrested with the assistance of the Southern Alberta Emergency Response Team. Subsequent to his arrest, RCMP executed a search warrant at a rural property in Rocky View County, where further evidence and weapons were seized.
Jeffrey Gordon Bussey, 38, of Airdrie, is charged with seven counts pursuant to the Criminal Code. He is scheduled to appear in Airdrie Provincial Court on August 16, 2018. The investigation is ongoing.
“This seizure demonstrates the strong partnership between the CBSA and the RCMP and our commitment to protecting Canada and Canadians. I am proud of the diligence of all those involved in this case. This seizure also sends a clear message that those who attempt to compromise the system will be prosecuted.” - Nina Patel, Regional Director General, Canada Border Services Agency, Prairie Region
"This is a great example of multiple RCMP units and CBSA working together very quickly to prevent dangerous weapons from falling into the wrong hands. People who are illegally trying to bring prohibited weapons into our communities should know that the RCMP and CBSA will not allow that to happen. Our focus in CRU is to proactively target drug, property, and weapons crime. If you choose to commit those crimes in Airdrie or Rocky View County, you can expect that you will attract the attention of the Crime Reduction Unit." - Sgt. Andrew Boxall, Supervisor, Airdrie RCMP Crime Reduction Unit