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Parma Heights man says he 'took a wrong turn' into Canada; arrested for firearm possession

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Posted at 4:57 PM, Sep 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-12 16:57:24-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. — U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officers arrested a 33-year-old Parma Heights man after he claimed that he accidentally ended up in Canada with weapons.

Officers encountered the man on Wednesday who allegedly made a wrong turn onto the Peace Bridge in Buffalo, New York and ended up on the Canadian side of the bridge.

When the man reached Canadian side, he turned his vehicle around and returned to the United States, according to CBP officers.

After officers inspected the driver, they learned he didn't have a passport.

Officers began a secondary inspection and the driver told them he had a .45 caliber Glock handgun and no other weapons.

Officers found an AR-15 model PA-15 semi-automatic rifle, a 30-round capacity magazine, two 17-round Glock magazines, 799 rounds of 9 mm ammunition, 76 rounds of .223 ammunition, and the .45 caliber Glock handgun inside of the vehicle.

“The removal of weapons from our streets illustrate how U.S. Customs and Border Protection continues to work alongside our local law enforcement partners to help keep our communities safe,” said Acting Area Port Director Sharon Swiatek.

The man faces multiple felony charges including criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of a firearm.