NEWS
08/27/2014 12:36 EDT | Updated 10/27/2014 05:59 EDT

Man arrested after weapons found in Winnipeg-bound parcel

A 53-year-old man with homes in both Manitoba and Arizona faces weapons charges after border officers in Vancouver discovered a handgun, firearms magazines and a Taser stun gun in a package being mailed to Winnipeg.

Winnipeg police say they were contacted after Canada Border Services Agency officers at the Vancouver International Mail Centre intercepted a package on July 17.

Police say the package, which came from the United States and was destined for an address in Winnipeg, contained the following:

- A .22-calibre semi-automatic handgun.

- Two magazines associated with the handgun.

- A Taser stun gun that was manufactured to look like a cellphone.

The 53-year-old man was arrested in the Birds Hill area on Aug. 21, and police officers seized evidence from a home in Winnipeg.

In announcing the arrest on Wednesday, police said it appears that the man, who has residences in both Arizona and Manitoba, purchased the three prohibited items in Arizona and tried to ship them to his address in the Winnipeg area.

Police said it does not appear that he was shipping the weapons for resale, but there's no word on whether the restricted weapons could have ended up on the streets.

The man has been charged with two counts of importing a firearm, prohibited or restricted weapon, prohibited device or ammunition, as well as two counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited device or ammunition.

He remains in custody.