2013-11-13 10:00 PST

Photo of guns seized

A British Columbia man has recently discovered that illegally importing weapons is not acceptable and is now facing numerous charges for his activities.

On September 25, RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime, Prince George RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit executed a search warrant at a private residence in Prince George and found a staggering collection of firearms and other weapons.

The weapons included over 31,000 rounds of ammunition; three hand guns, two of which were loaded; seven rifles; a fully automatic M16; a fully automatic AK 47; two morning stars; two shot guns; five 100 round capacity drum magazines; 50 assault rifle magazines; and four bullet proof vests.

Karl Haus has been charged with 17 offences including:
 

  • 2 counts - Importing a prohibited firearm or component knowing he was unauthorized to do so.
  • 4 counts - Possession of a prohibited or restricted weapon which is either loaded or there is readily accessible ammunition.
  • 4 counts - Possession of a prohibited weapon, ammunition or device.
  • 5 counts - Careless use of a firearm (unsafe storage).
  • 2 counts - Possess a firearm with the Serial Number altered.

The sheer volume of the weaponry, and the potential damage that could have been inflicted is incredibly disturbing, says Superintendent Derek Simmonds, RCMP Federal Serious and Organized in BC. Thankfully, with the help of our law enforcement partners we were able to remove these weapons and prevent any harm that they may have caused.

The investigation began after CBSA officers working at the International Mail Processing Centre in Toronto identified a suspicious shipment, later found to be weapons parts, shipped to Canada from Europe. CBSA shared this information with the RCMP Federal Serious and Organized Crime. The firearm parts were determined to be prohibited by the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) and a joint investigative team was formed.

The smuggling of prohibited weapons jeopardizes the safety of our communities. The CBSA works closely with the RCMP and other law enforcement partners to stop the flow of illegal weapons, and this case demonstrates the commitment of all law enforcement partners to protecting the safety of Canadians, said Roslyn MacVicar CBSA’s Director General, Pacific Region.

The fear for police is that these weapons could eventually be used to commit criminal acts, where they could reasonably be expected to cause significant harm to people, explains Chief Superintendent Rod Booth, RCMP North District Commanding Officer. Any weapon that is not properly stored runs the risk of being stolen and falling into the hands of organized criminals. When you have military grade weapons that risk to the public is even greater.

For the Prince George RCMP weapon seizure is a prime example of how law enforcement can seamlessly work together to maintain public safety.

One of the great benefits of law enforcement in Canada is that we are able to easily come together and investigate a file. This mutual cooperation and teamwork between the RCMP and our law enforcement partners directly contributes to the safety of the citizens of Prince George and the province of British Columbia, explains Superintendent Eric Stubbs, Officer in Charge of the Prince George RCMP.


For more information please contact:

Sgt Peter Thiessen
E Division Criminal Operations
Federal Policing Media Relations Officer
BC RCMP Communications Services

14200 Green Timbers Way
Surrey BC V3T 6P3

Office: 778-290-2886
Cell: 604-614-6177

 

CBSA Media Relations
Vancouver, B.C.
604-818-9701


 

Email: bcrcmp@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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