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Coquitlam man charged for importing prohibited weapons into Canada

John Summers was arrested last month after firearms suppressors and conducted energy weapons were seized in the Maillardville area, along with $54,000 cash.
Coquitlam firerams suppressors CFSEUBC - July 8, 2021
A Coquitlam man was arrested and charged after B.C.'s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC) seized several firearms suppressors and conducted energy weapons.

A Coquitlam man has been charged with six offences after a special B.C. police team seized a series of illegally imported weapons.

John Summers was arrested and charged last month for possession of various firearms suppressors and conducted energy weapons (CEWs) — among other items — by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit (CFSEU-BC).

The 33 year old's investigation is now with the courts and the following charges have been listed:

  • Four = Relation to possessing a prohibited weapon, namely a Conducted Energy Weapon (Criminal Code of Canada)
  • One = Unlawfully possessing a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act
  • One = Attempt to import a prohibited device, namely Firearm Suppressors, under the Criminal Code of Canada

On June 8, CFSEU-BC members investigated a case involving alleged illegally imported weapons and devices that took them to a storage locker and a home on 900-block Quadling Avenue.

Officers then executed search warrants and found four CEWs, $54,000 in Canadian cash, roughly 80 grams of suspected cocaine and several items of police clothing.

“These weapons and devices in the wrong hands can pose a significant risk to public safety and be used during the commission of serious crimes," explained CFSEU-BC operations officer Supt. Duncan Pound in a release. 

"CFSEU-BC will continue to investigate individuals suspected of illegally acquiring these items; if you have information that can assist us, please visit our website for more information.”

Pound said the unit's Crime Gun Intelligence and Investigations Group is working to find individuals and groups involved with trafficking all kinds of prohibited weapons and devices.

This particular investigation was a joint partnership with Coquitlam and Burnaby RCMP, Canada Border Services Agency, National Weapons Enforcement Support Team and the Lower Mainland Emergency Response Team.