Man arrested in Birds Hill after month-long firearms investigation

Winnipeg Police Service

The Winnipeg Police Service, with the assistance of Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) recently entered into an investigation involving an individual suspected of importing firearms/weapons from the United States into Canada.

The investigation was initiated on July 17, 2014, when CBSA officers at the Vancouver International Mail Centre intercepted a package destined for an address in Winnipeg containing the following items:

• A .22 calibre semi-automatic handgun
• Two magazines associated to the handgun
• A stun gun (Taser) manufactured to appear as a cellular phone

Members of the Division 13 Crime Unit were notified and continued to investigate with the assistance of the CBSA Criminal Investigations Section, the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST), Tactical Support Team and Uniform Patrol members.

On Aug. 21, 2014, Winnipeg Police Service members arrested a male in the Birds Hill, Man., area. A search warrant was also executed at an address located in Winnipeg. Evidence was identified during the search and seized by officers.

Cornell Jack Fontaine, 53 years old, has been charged by the Winnipeg Police Service with the following offences due to his alleged involvement:

• Importing a Firearm, Prohibited or Restricted Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition Knowing it is Unauthorized x 2

• Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Device or Ammunition x 2

The investigation has revealed that the accused possesses dual residency in Arizona and Manitoba. While in Arizona, it’s alleged that Fontaine purchased and shipped the previously mentioned items to his address in the Winnipeg area.

Fontaine was remanded into custody.

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