CBSA investigation leads to seizure of prohibited weapons; 24 charges laid

From: Canada Border Services Agency

Ottawa, Ontario

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) is committed to keeping Canada safe from the threat posed by weapons. Today, the CBSA announced that Devon Cutmore is facing 24 charges following the execution of multiple search warrants.

On February 2, 2021, CBSA officers from Ottawa Cargo Services examined a package which contained a replica firearm with pistol cartridges capable of deploying pepper spray. This prompted an investigation by the CBSA’s Northern Ontario Region Criminal Investigations Division.

On May 28, 2021, in partnership with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Lanark, Leeds and Grenville Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU), the CBSA executed multiple search warrants in Lanark and Perth, Ontario.

The searches resulted in the seizure of the following:

  • 12 switchblades
  • 10 firearms
  • 2 Taser Batons
  • 3 Tasers
  • 12 Taser cartridges
  • 1 spring loaded baton

The subject has been charged with the following under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Customs Act:

  • s. 104(1)(a) Criminal Code – one count of unlawful importation of prohibited weapons into Canada
  • s. 104(1)(a) Criminal Code – two counts of unlawful importation of prohibited devices into Canada
  • s. 91(1) Criminal Code – 18 counts of possession of prohibited weapons without lawful authorization
  • s. 91(1) Criminal Code – one count of possession of a restricted firearm
  • s.159 Customs Act – one count of attempting to smuggle prohibited weapons into Canada
  • s.159 Customs Act – one count of attempting to smuggle prohibited devices into Canada

Cutmore’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 19, 2021.

Quotes

“This investigation demonstrates the continued hard work and dedication of our border services officers and investigators. The CBSA is committed to protecting Canadians by keeping prohibited weapons out of our communities. This is another great example of how our close partnership with the OPP keeps Canadians safe.”

– Shawn Hoag, CBSA Regional Director General, Northern Ontario Region

“This investigation required many hours of hard work by many dedicated members of both the OPP and CBSA. Getting dangerous weapons off of the streets of our communities is a top priority and the outcome of this investigation shows what can be accomplished by collaboration between agencies.”

– D/Sgt. Jean-Phillipe Perron – Lanark, Leeds & Grenville CSCU

Quick facts

  • Firearms and weapons are high-risk commodities and their interdiction is a CBSA enforcement priority.

  • Border services officers and CBSA investigators play a key role in protecting the safety and security of Canadians across the country.

  • The CBSA screens goods, including international mail and courier items, coming into Canada and examines more closely those that may pose a threat to the safety of Canadians.

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