Florida Woman Convicted in Winnipeg Court for Gun Smuggling

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A handgun seized by border agents from a Florida woman attempting to cross at Emerson, MB in August. (CBSA / HANDOUT)

A Florida woman pled guilty in a Winnipeg courtroom on Monday for smuggling a handgun into Canada and making false statements to border agents.

Rita Jean Shepard, 63, concealed the pistol in clothing while attempting to cross at Emerson, Manitoba on August 18, 2013.

Officers examined Shepard’s vehicle and found the undeclared semi-automatic weapon.

Shepard was sentenced to eight days time served and given a $4,500 fine.

Border officers in southern Manitoba seized 21 prohibited firearms, 18 restricted firearms, and 141 prohibited devices in 2013. The majority were seized at Emerson.


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