Gun triggers denial at South Surrey border

Separate incidents at the border last week involved a handgun and an arrest warrant

A Mississippi woman learned last week that travelling with a handgun, bullets and a passenger who has a criminal record is not a good idea when trying to cross the border into Canada.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection news release, a 49-year-old woman and her 57-year-old passenger were refused entry to Canada at the Douglas border Nov. 21 because the woman had a Ruger .357 magnum and 10 rounds of ammunition.

They were then detained by U.S. officials because the serial number on the firearm had been filed off, and the man was determined to have a prior felony file with the FBI.

“There is no legitimate reason to remove the serial number from a handgun,” area port Director Kenneth L Williams said in the release.

The pair, both residents of Pascagoula, Miss., were eventually released – a scenario Williams described as “common for this situation” – however, the weapon and ammunition were seized by Blaine police.

Auto-theft warrant

U.S. officials arrested a man wanted for auto theft Nov. 21 at the Peace Arch border.

According to a news release issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the arrest warrant for a 31-year-old Redmond resident who was a passenger in a southbound vehicle was found during a secondary inspection.

The wanted individual was escorted to Whatcom County Jail.

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