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Guns, ammo seized at South Surrey border crossings

Tennessee man, Arizona woman face charges in connection with two gun seizures last month.
Guns and ammo seized from South Surrey border crossings.

A Tennessee man has been jailed for a month and an Arizona woman is facing charges in connection with two gun seizures at South Surrey border crossings last month.

Canada Border Services Agency officials announced last week that Earl Copeland was sentenced after pleading guilty May 31 in Surrey Provincial Court to a variety of firearms-related charges. In addition to jail time, he was fined $5,000.

Copeland had attempted to enter Canada at the Pacific Highway border on May 29. According to CBSA, he initially told border officers that he did not have any firearms with him, but admitted during a secondary examination to having a gun in his pocket.

Officers located and seized an unloaded .32-calibre revolver; during a vehicle search, six rounds of ammunition was recovered.

Copeland pleaded guilty to making false statements to a border officer in relation to a firearm, and to possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition.

An Arizona resident is facing six charges in connection with the discovery of two prohibited firearms May 26 at the Douglas (Peace Arch) border.

Border guards found the weapons during a secondary examination of a northbound vehicle. One woman was arrested at the scene and has been charged under the Customs Act and Criminal Code of Canada.

She was released from custody on $10,000 bail.

Wilma Allen is due back in Surrey Provincial Court on June 18.

Tracy Holmes

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Tracy Holmes has been a reporter with Peace Arch News since 1997.
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