A 35-year-old man from Cornwall is among seven people facing charges after a multi-agency cross-border smuggling investigation.
Project Hammerhead, initiated by the Canada Border Services Agency and including the participation of the Cornwall Police Service, Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service, the OPP, the RCMP, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, was set up to investigate allegations a sophisticated cross-border operation was active within the region, smuggling firearms, marijuana, and currency across the international border.
On Jan. 28, three locations in Cornwall, Cornwall Island, and Hogansburg, N.Y. were simultaneously searched under warrant. Officers seized a total of 555 kilograms of marijuana, $467,480 in Canadian funds, $3,000 in U.S. currency, three loaded handguns and their magazines, and five vehicles. Two Cornwall residents, one from Cornwall Island, one from St. Regis, Que., and three from Hogansburg were taken into custody.
On Wednesday, CBSA said that Cornwall police had charged the 35-year-old man with importing and exporting cannabis, three counts of possession of a firearm contrary to prohibition order, possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000, conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, four counts of careless storage of a firearm or ammunition, three counts of knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm and three counts of possession of prohibited or restricted firearm.