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Saskatchewan CBSA officers seize handguns, deny entry to illegal workers

Canada Border Services Agency officers in Saskatchewan seize handguns, deny entry to illegal workers during July. Supplied / Canada Border Services Agency

Saskatchewan Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers seized two handguns during July, bringing the total to 15 for the year.

They also denied entry to illegal workers during the month and confiscated prohibited food during the month.

READ MORE: Canadian border agency: Leave your guns at home, America

The first handgun was seized on July 5 at the remote Monchy border crossing on Highway 4 south of Swift Current.

An undeclared, restricted .38-calibre handgun was found in the bedroom closet of a motorhome.

A California man paid a $1,000 penalty and was refused entry into the country.

The second handgun, a prohibited .380-calibre pistol, was seized on July 15 during a secondary search at the Regway crossing.

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Charges are pending and a man is scheduled to appear in Estevan provincial court on Oct. 8.

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CBSA officers also seized an undeclared stun gun from a North Dakota woman at the Oungre crossing on July 2.

READ MORE: Sask. CBSA officers seize alcohol, drugs and weapons in June

Two men coming to Canada to work illegally were turned back at the North Portal crossing.

In the first case, officers found more than $25,000 in American cash during a routine search on July 21.

The Illinois man was originally fined $250 for failing to declare he was travelling with more than $10,000 in Canadian cash, but eventually CBS officers found out he was coming to Canada to work and not visit friends as he initially stated.

Three days later, officers at the same crossing were processing a foreign national applying for a work permit when they discovered that he was already working in Saskatchewan without authorization.

Exclusion orders were issued in both cases and both men are banned from re-entering Canada for one year.

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At the Coronach crossing, officers allowed a person to enter Canada on July 8 after seizing 23 undeclared eggs packed in wood shavings, both of which came from Mexico.

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CBSA officers also refused entry to three men who have criminal records in the United States, including one man convicted for manslaughter.

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