By Tyler Sutherland
Two men from North Carolina have been sentenced in a Winnipeg court for attempting to smuggle firearms across the Canadian border in two separate incidents.
The Canada Border Services Agency says Ryan Byler, 22, pleaded guilty on October 8 for concealing a handgun in his vehicle at the Emerson, Manitoba border crossing on September 25. Officers found an undeclared prohibited 9mm handgun and 10 over-capacity magazines.
Byler was sentenced to 21 days in jail and ordered to pay a $4,000 fine.
On October 6, John Wayne Mast, 34, attempted to smuggle a prohibited loaded .45 calibre handgun at the Emerson crossing. CBSA officers also found eight over-capacity magazines.
Mast was sentenced to 12 days in jail on October 6 and ordered to pay a $9,000 fine.
Officers in southern Manitoba have seized 25 undeclared firearms this year, including 11 prohibited firearms.
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