On December 23, 2016, the RCMP arrested an individual near the Canada-US border. The male suspect had just illegally crossed into Canada near Saint-Bernard-de-Lacolle, and had in his possession a bag containing 24 handguns of various calibers. At least ten of the prohibited weapons in his possession were found to be loaded. Another handgun which the suspect originally had in his possession was later found, in the snow, by the police officers who had originally pursued him.
US Border Patrol officers had notified their Canadian counterparts with the Integrated Border Enforcement Team (IBET) Champlain Detachment of a suspicious male they had observed walking towards Canada. The male was quickly arrested by RCMP first responders after he had attempted to flee.
Thanh Viet Pham, a 36 year old male from Toronto, is known to police for various weapons and drugs related offences. He had an outstanding warrant for his arrest from Toronto. He is scheduled to appear in court in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu on December 29, 2016, for offences related to importing or exporting pursuant to s. 103(2) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The individual could be facing several additional firearms-related charges. If convicted, he could face imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years.
The RCMP received assistance from the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) and from US partners including the US Border Patrol, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE). The investigation is ongoing.
Appeal to the Public
You have information on individuals or groups involved in illegal activities and entries at the borders? Contact the RCMP at 1-800-771-5401 or your local police department.