CBSA postal interception leads to seizure of weapons, firearms and suspected drugs; multiple criminal charges laid

News release

April 15, 2021
Ottawa, Ontario

While ensuring that it enforces border measures associated with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) remains committed to keeping Canada safe.

Today, the CBSA announced that Darryl Vanalstyne is facing 12 charges following the execution of a search warrant.

On October 22, 2020 and February 10, 2021, CBSA officers from the Vancouver International Mail Centre examined two separate packages and seized a total of three stun guns.

On March 25, 2021, in partnership with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit, the CBSA executed a search warrant at a residence in the Town of Greater Napanee, Ontario. The search resulted in the seizure of the following: a set of brass knuckles, a loaded zip gun, an estimated 1.5 ounces of suspected crystal meth, 200 suspected Schedule 1 pills, and 11 bottles of suspected methadone.

Vanalstyne is facing the following charges under the Criminal Code of Canada and the Customs Act:

  • s. 159(1) Customs Act – two counts of smuggling;
  • s. 104(1) Criminal Code – two counts of unauthorized importation;
  • s. 91(1) Criminal Code – one count of unauthorized possession of a firearm;
  • s. 91(2) Criminal Code – one count of unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon;
  • s. 95(1) Criminal Code – one count of possession of a loaded prohibited firearm;
  • s. 86(2) Criminal Code – one count of contravention of storage regulations;
  • s. 117.01(1) Criminal Code – two counts of possession contrary to an order; and
  • s. 465(1)(c) Criminal Code – two counts of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence.

The first court appearance at the Belleville courthouse is on April 29, 2021.


“This seizure demonstrates the continued hard work of CBSA border services officers and CBSA investigators to keep prohibited devices out of our communities. This is one more example of how our close partnership with the OPP keeps Canadians and our communities safe.”

– Stephanie Chenier, Acting Regional Director General, CBSA

Quick facts

  • CBSA investigators play a key role in protecting the safety and security of Canadians across the country.

  • The CBSA screens goods, including international mail and courier items, coming into Canada and examines more closely those that may pose a threat to the safety of Canadians.

  • If you have information about suspicious cross-border activity, please contact the CBSA Border Watch toll-free line at 1-888-502-9060.

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