Royal Canadian Air Force major charged with alleged gun smuggling from the United States

A Royal Canadian Air Force major is facing numerous criminal charges, accused of possessing several prohibited firearms and shipping “numerous” weapons to Ontario from the United States via a Canadian military base.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said Wednesday that Major Kendrick Barling returned to Canada in August after being posted to the United States for five years.

As Barling shipped his belongings home via CFB Trenton, “numerous undeclared firearms were discovered hidden throughout the shipment,” the CBSA said in a statement.

In October, the CBSA’s Ontario Firearms Enforcement Team executed search warrants at two residences — one in Kingston, the other in Petawawa — and seized seven handguns , ten rifles and a*sault rifles as well as two hunting rifles. Many firearms had duplicate serial numbers, according to the CBSA.

Authorities say they also seized approximately 45,000 rounds of ammunition and “hundreds” of magazines, including overcapacity AR-15 magazines.

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Firearms and magazines seized in October 2023 during the execution of a search warrant by the CBSA’s Ontario Firearms Smuggling Team are shown in this distributed photo.

Canada Border Services Agency

Firearms and magazines seized in October 2023 during the execution of a search warrant by the CBSA’s Ontario Firearms Smuggling Team are shown in this distributed photo.

Canada Border Services Agency

Barling was charged with five counts of smuggling goods into Canada, nine counts each of unauthorized importation of a firearm and importation of a firearm knowing it was not authorized, and two counts of importing goods without a permit. He also faces two counts of violating transportation regulations and two counts of making false statements.

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He is due to appear in court next on December 22.

A Department of National Defense spokesperson told PKBNEWS the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) is aware of the charges against Barling, who the department says serves at the First Canadian Division headquarters in Kingston.

“Members of the CAF are held to high standards of professional and personal conduct, and we take these allegations very seriously,” Maj. Soomin Kim said in an email.

Kim said the department would not comment further on Barling’s status in the CAF or security protocols at CFB Trenton.

CBSA statistics show that firearm seizures at the Canadian border have increased dramatically over the past two years. In the previous fiscal year, 1,034 firearms were seized, down from 1,203 the previous year, but up significantly from the previous three years, when between 500 and 750 firearms were seized. had been seized.

Authorities seized 250 firearms during the first quarter of the current fiscal year, according to the most recent data.

Last spring, Canada and the United States reached a new collaborative firearms tracing agreement aimed at cracking down on cross-border firearms smuggling.

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“This successful investigation is another example of collaboration between law enforcement partners, like the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, as we work together to ensure safety of our communities,” said Eric Lapierre, CBSA Northern Manager. Ontario regional director said Wednesday in the news release announcing Barling’s arrest.

Although the Canadian Department of Justice has acknowledged that the United States is the largest source of illegal firearms smuggled north of the border, there is little data to track exactly how many guns are coming in. in Canada each year, where they come from and what they are used for. For.

The Toronto Police Service says 85 percent of the city’s crime guns come from the United States.

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