Canada accuses man of smuggling weapons

May 17, 2010 at 8:06 PM

OTTAWA, May 17 (UPI) -- A California man faces smuggling charges after allegedly attempting to bring a personal cache of prohibited weapons into Ontario, Canada, officials said.

Robert Frost, 42, was moving to Ottawa legally to be with his wife and allegedly mailed the weapons concealed in two containers of household goods from California, Quebec Media Incorporated reported Monday.

The Canada Border Services Agency intercepted the shipment May 11 and seized 116 weapons, including an A-15 semi-automatic assault rifle, nunchuks, butterfly knives and throwing stars, officials said.

Police said there was no evidence the discovered weapons were intended for illegal use, and they said they believe the weapons were part of a personal collection.

Frost was scheduled to appear in court Tuesday to face charges of failing to report goods, making false statements and smuggling under the Customs Act.

He is also charged with a criminal code violation regarding importing controlled weapons, Quebec Media said.

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