Guns, Grenades Seized from Smuggling Couple at Rainbow Bridge

A joint investigation led to search and seizure of two hand grenades and seven guns from a couple who were caught red handed at the Rainbow Bridge while attempting to smuggle the weapons into Canada last weekend. Officials confirm that the couple was found with the guns and grenades, along with two children, in their car at the time of the arrest.

The Canada Border Services Agency intercepted the couple’s car as it crossed in Niagara Falls on March 16 on a tip received from the Toronto Police Service’s Firearm Enforcement Unit. Officials confirmed to have found six firearms inside the car and seventh on the man, along with ammunition, over-capacity magazines, knives and two grenades. Consequentially, several lanes of traffic were immediately shut down after the discovery of explosive grenades, however they were later found to be inert. 44-year-old Donald Hare and 43-year-old Amanda Brent have been charged with 73 firearms and firearm trafficking related offences following a search of their Proton Station home in Grey County, which resulted in the seizure of 34 additional guns.

The press statement explained that the joint investigation was led by the Toronto Police Service Firearm Enforcement Unit, involved the Canada Border Services Agency, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Canadian Liaison, Peel Regional Police Service, and the Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit. Toronto Police Firearm Enforcement Unit investigator, Detective Constable Graham Knill, stated that “it is only through these partnerships that investigations of this nature come to a successful conclusion.”

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