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Man arrested on weapons charges in Birds Hill

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Winnipeg Police Service members recently nabbed a man in Birds Hill in relation to a firearms investigation.

The man was arrested on Aug. 21 after police executed a search warrant at a Winnipeg address.

In a release, police said officers found evidence during the search and collected it.
The investigation began July 17 when members of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at the Vancouver International Mail Centre found a package with a .22-calibre semi-automatic handgun, two magazines for the gun, and a stun gun made to look like a cell phone.

The agency notified the Division 13 Crime Unit, who investigated alongside the CBSA Criminal Investigations Section, the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST), Tactical Support Team, and Uniform Patrol members.

Cornell Jack Fontaine, 53, who possesses dual residency in Arizona and Manitoba, has been charged with two counts of importing a firearm, prohibited or restricted weapon, prohibited device or ammunition knowing it is unauthorized, and two counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited device or ammunition.

He is alleged to have purchased and shipped the items to his Winnipeg address while he was in Arizona.

Fontaine remained in custody at press time.

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