08/29/2013 11:34 EDT | Updated 10/29/2013 05:12 EDT

Rickey Paul Mackey Charged With Gun Smuggling At Alberta Border


COUTTS, Alta. - A South Dakota man has been charged after Canada Border Services officers seized eight undeclared firearms at the border crossing in Coutts, Alta.

The accused was entering Canada on his way to Alaska and allegedly told border officers he was carrying seven rifles and a handgun.

However a search of his vehicle found three more handguns and an additional five rifles.

CBSA's regional director, Lauren Delgaty, calls it a significant seizure and the largest at Coutts this year.

Rickey Paul Mackey has been charged with smuggling and making false statements under the Customs Act and unauthorized importation of a firearm under the Criminal Code.

His next appearance is scheduled for Oct. 7 in Lethbridge provincial court.

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