Border agency confirms gun smuggling investigation

Border agency confirms gun smuggling investigation

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RCMP officers and emergency response team members gather at the Oliver fire hall in preparation for some sort of "action" in Oliver this morning. (Lyonel Doherty photo)
Emergency response team members wait outside their vehicles in the Oliver fire hall parking lot this morning. They executed a search warrant on a residence in relation to Alex Louie, who has been charged with smuggling firearms. (Lyonel Doherty photo)

UPDATED:

The Canada Border Services Agency has confirmed that its investigation in Oliver this morning was in relation to a local man accused of firearms smuggling.

Border officials and RCMP executed a search warrant on Osoyoos Indian Band land in relation to the ongoing firearms smuggling investigation associated with Alex Louie. No arrests were made.

On February 1 Louie was arrested by the border agency, which laid a total of nine charges as a result of an incident that occurred at the Osoyoos port of entry on that date.

Louie was charged with: two counts of smuggling, two counts of possession of unlawfully imported goods, and one count of making false statements under the Customs Act; and two counts each of unauthorized possession of firearms and importing firearms knowing it is unauthorized under the Criminal Code.

Louie is currently in custody facing these charges.

 

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