10/28/2014 04:29 EDT | Updated 12/28/2014 05:59 EST

Fine and weapons ban for U.S. man who tried to smuggle guns into Alberta

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. - A judge has imposed a fine and a weapons ban on a man from Kentucky who tried to smuggle guns into Alberta.

The lawyer for Roy Fielding Neel Jr. entered a guilty plea in Lethbridge provincial court on behalf of his client.

Court heard that Neel's vehicle was searched in July by customs officers at the Chief Mountain border crossing south of Waterton Lakes National Park.

He had failed to declare a flare pistol, a semi-automatic handgun that was loaded and 59 rounds of ammunition.

Neel, who is 67, was fined $4,000 and faces a 10-year weapons prohibition.

His lawyer said Neel came to Canada to visit Waterton Park and has no intention of returning.