Weapons seized at Cornwall port of entry

The Canada Border Services Agency seized these weapons from a traveller as they went through the Cornwall port of entry recently. They are also facing criminal charges from the Cornwall Police Service. (Twitter/@CBSANOR via Newswatch Group)

CORNWALL – An American traveller through Cornwall’s port of entry is facing a number of charges after the Canada Border Services Agency seized a number of undeclared weapons.

CBSA agents found a handgun, a restricted shotgun, two prohibited magazines and another device hiding a blade during the traveller’s Sunday (June 14) trip through the border checkpoint, the CBSA tweeted Thursday.

The person is facing charges laid by the CBSA under the Customs Act and further charges were laid by the Cornwall Police Service.

The CPS announced Friday afternoon that Michael Banks, 31, of Albany, N.Y., is facing a dozen firearms related charges.

Authorities have not said in what capacity the person was heading through the border. The Canada-U.S. border, which has been closed to non-essential travel since March, remains closed until at least July 21.

The CBSA did not respond to a request for comment.

Banks was held for a bail hearing in Cornwall.