A pair of Quebec men are facing charges after a Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) investigation into a gun smuggling operation at the border near Cornwall.
The RCMP says its investigation started on Friday, November 26, after a boat crossed the St. Lawrence River and made landfall near Cornwall. Officers say large bags were unloaded from the boat into a vehicle which left the area. The vehicle was stopped and officers found a large number of restricted and prohibited firearms, as well as high-capacity magazines.
The investigation found a total number of 53 restricted and prohibited pistols, six prohibited rifles, and 110 high capacity magazines. The RCMP believes the firearms were destined for criminal networks and illicit gun trafficking groups.
Inti Falero-Delgado, 25, from Laval, and Vladimir Souffrant, 49, from Montreal, were arrested and charged with:
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm
- Possession of firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized
- Possession of weapons for purpose of trafficking
The two are also subject to additional charges under the Criminal Code and Customs Act.
Falero-Delgado appeared in bail court and was released on conditions including a $10,000 surety and an electronic monitoring device. Souffrant also appeared in bail court and was released on conditions including a $2,000 surety. They are scheduled to appear in court by video on January 11, 2022.
Anyone with information about cross-border criminality is asked to contact the RCMP Cornwall Detachment at 613-937-2800. Anonymous reports can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or at the Crime Stoppers website.