Border services tip helps The Pas RCMP uncover illegal gun manufacturing

The Pas RCMP arrested two people after a tip from the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) helped them uncover illegal gun manufacturing.

The CBSA told The Pas RCMP in August that they had intercepted a firearm silencer. The subsequent investigation led to search warrants being executed Sept. 1 and Sept. 2 at a Reader Street residence. The Pas RCMP seized two handguns, two long guns, eight suppressors/silencers, two 3D printers, ammunition and parts intended for the manufacture of firearms. 

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Patsy Shawaga, 49, of The Pas was arrested and charged with two counts of firearms manufacturing, unauthorized importation of a firearm silencer, possession of a loaded restricted or prohibited firearm and possession of a firearm when unauthorized.

Trent Swanson, 49, of The Pas, was arrested Sept. 10 for two counts each of firearms manufacturing, possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, unauthorized possession of a loaded handgun and possession of a handgun contrary to a court order as well as one count each of manufacturing a firearm silencer and unauthorized importation of a firearm silencer.

Manufacturing guns without a business licence is illegal, as is importing or possessing firearm silencers, including those marked as “solvent traps.”

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