U.S. citizen jailed for smuggling weapons into Canada
VANCOUVER, B.C. — Darryl Lawrence Little, a 46-year-old Californian, was sentenced this week at the New Westminster Provincial Court to one year’s imprisonment on two counts of weapons smuggling into Canada, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) announced Wednesday.
On October 24, 2008, Little was arrested at the Pacific Highway border crossing after failing to declare he was carrying firearms. Following a police check a loaded 9-mm calibre handgun wrapped in a comforter and a semi-automatic .25 calibre pistol hidden inside a tool bag on the back seat of his vehicle was seized, along with a prohibited magazine cartridge for the 9-mm handgun lying on the floor of his car.
Little was later charged on one count of smuggling under the Customs Act, and other Criminal Code charges relating to possession of a firearm and occupying a motor vehicle in which there was a firearm.
On October 4, 2010, Little was again arrested and this time pled guilty to a second count of weapons smuggling under the Customs Act and one count of occupying a motor vehicle in which he knew there were firearms, in breach of the Criminal Code.
Last Wednesday Little was sentenced by the New Westminster Provincial Court to a one-year prison term.
Canadian law obliges travellers entering Canada to declare any firearms and weapons in their possession. Failure to declare them and the vehicle in which they are carried can lead to the impounding of both.
In 2010, CBSA officers in the Pacific Region seized 141 firearms. Court imposed jail sentences in 101 cases amounted to 3,737 days and totalled $76,465 in criminal fines and an additional $96,457 in civil fines.