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3 arrested after gun and drugs discovered in van at Peace Bridge in Fort Erie

Vehicles crossing the Peace Bridge between the United States and Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP - David Duprey.
Vehicles crossing the Peace Bridge between the United States and Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP - David Duprey. David Duprey/ AP / The Canadian Press

Three Canadians returning to the country from the U.S. were arrested at the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie, Ont., overnight Thursday in connection with a number of possession offences.

Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) said the accused attempted to bring a firearm, imitation firearms and suspected drugs into Canada around 11 p.m. on Wednesday but were detained by Canada Border Services agents (CBSA) after a search of the Dodge Caravan they arrived in.

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A 45-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman, both from Hamilton, are facing four charges each in connection with the firearm. The male is facing two additional charges for failing to comply with a release order.

A 34-year-old Fort Erie man faces seven charges tied to the firearm as well as possession of an illicit drug and failing to comply with a release order.

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The accused are expected in a St. Catharines court on Sept. 27.

The investigation is ongoing.

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