Seized prohibited firearm suppressors lead to the arrest and charges of an Ontario resident

News release

February 28, 2020         London, Ontario           Canada Border Services Agency / Ontario Provincial Police

In an effort to keep prohibited goods out of our communities, earlier this month, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) officers at the International Mail Processing Centre in the Greater Toronto Area, referred a package for further investigation. Upon examination of the package, CBSA officers discovered two firearm suppressors. The prohibited devices were seized.

As a result of this interception, on February 20, 2020, investigators from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP)-led Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit, the CBSA-Southern Ontario Region and London Police Service executed a search warrant at an Ilderton residence. In addition to other items seized as property obtained by crime, the search warrant yielded the seizure of six long guns, four handguns, prohibited devices (three suppressors and full auto selector switch) and assorted ammunition.

Adam Christopher Agostinelli, 33 years-old, of Ilderton, Ontario was charged by the OPP with the following Criminal Code of Canada offences:

  • 103(1)(a) – Importation of prohibited device X 2;
  • 92(2) – Possession of a prohibited device X 2; 
  • 86(1) – Careless storage of a firearm;
  • 91(1) – Unauthorized possession of a prohibited firearm;
  • 95(b) – Possession of a prohibited firearm; and
  • 354(1)(a) – Possession of property obtained by crime.

Mr. Agostinelli was also charged by the CBSA with the following Customs Act offences:

  • 159 – Attempt to smuggle;
  • 155 – Possession of illegally imported goods; and
  • 153(c) – Evasion of compliance.

Mr. Agostinelli’s scheduled court date is on April 20, 2020 at the Ontario Court of Justice in London, Ontario.

This seizure and arrest attest to the ongoing commitment and cooperation between law enforcement partners to keep Canadian communities safe.

The investigation continues.

Quotes

“This seizure demonstrates that border services officers are committed to protecting our borders and ensuring the security of Canadians. We work in partnership with the OPP to prevent illegal activity at the border and to keep our communities safe from prohibited weapons and devices.”
~ Linda Robertson, A/Director, Enforcement and Intelligence Operations Division, Southern Ontario Region, Canada Border Services Agency

“Trafficking in illegal firearms and firearms-related violence continue to threaten public safety in communities across Ontario. The OPP, along with our partners, will continue to endeavour to uphold public safety and prevent illegal firearms and prohibited items from threatening the safety of people in our communities.”
~ Chief Superintendent Paul Mackey, Bureau Commander, OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau

Quick facts

  • The Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit (PWEU) is comprised of nine Ontario police agencies, the CBSA and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and has units deployed across the province. PWEU partners include the OPP, CBSA and the police services of Durham, Hamilton, London, Niagara, Ottawa, Peel, Windsor, and York.

  • Anyone with information about suspicious cross-border activity can contact the CBSA Border Watch Line at 1-888-502-9060.

Contacts

Media Relations
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Media Relations
Ontario Provincial Police
Sergeant Laura Lee Brown - lauralee.brown@opp.ca

Media Line: 519-652-4156 
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