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Steinbach RCMP have laid importation-related charges against a 29-year-old man from the RM of Stuartburn, alleging he imported banned firearm accessories from China this summer.
If convicted, the man could face up to 10 years in prison.
In a release Friday, Steinbach RCMP said the Canada Border Services Agency handed them the case.
In August, CBSA personnel intercepted a parcel from China addressed to the man at his Steinbach workplace.
The parcel contained two prohibited firearm suppression devices commonly known as silencers.
On Oct. 8, RCMP arrested the man at work and executed a search warrant at his RM of Stuartburn home, where they seized six rifles, one shotgun, ammunition, prohibited firearms magazines, a prohibited silencer, and two laptop computers.
The man was charged under the Criminal Code and Customs Act and released on a promise to appear in Steinbach provincial court Nov. 28.
He faces two counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited device, one count of importing a prohibited device, and one count of smuggling a prohibited device.
Steinbach RCMP are cautioning the public against ordering firearm accessories from foreign markets, as the items may be prohibited in Canada.