Undeclared firearm seized at Aldergrove port of entry leads to conviction


ALDERGROVE, BC, Canada – The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) today announced the conviction of a 66-year-old Florida man who attempted to smuggle a loaded firearm and several prohibited items from the United States to Canada through the CBSA port of entry at Aldergrove, British Columbia.

On April 11, 2016, Joseph Buice, a resident of the United States, attempted to enter Canada at the Aldergrove port of entry with a loaded .22-calibre revolver and two prohibited over-capacity semi-automatic pistol magazines. A warrant was issued and Buice was brought to the Surrey Provincial Court and on June 22, 2016, he pled guilty to the following charges:

• Criminal Code subsection 95(1) – $3,500 fine and $100 victim surcharge;

• Criminal Code subsection 91(2) – 1 day in jail and $100 victim surcharge; and

• Customs Act paragraph 153(a) – $100 victim surcharge.
Buice was also given a ten-year firearm prohibition under section 109 of the Criminal Code.


“The CBSA takes its border protection responsibilities very seriously, including the interdiction of prohibited firearms and weapons. This seizure is an important reminder to travellers to declare all firearms upon entry to Canada.”

– Daniela Evans, Director of the Pacific Highway District, CBSA