Winnipeg man charged with making 3D-printed guns

Winnipeg police have charged a man who had been making 3D-printed guns.

In November 2021, Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) intercepted packages that had goods believed to be used to assemble makeshift firearms.

Several months later, WPS learned that the individual believed to be involved with the makeshift firearms packages attempted to purchase parts for firearms in Calgary and Montreal using the identities of other people.

Between April and May it is believed the gun parts were used to assemble a 3D-printed gun, which was sold to a third party.

In June WPS and the CBSA executed a search warrant at a home along Prevette Avenue, where they found several 3D-printed guns and ammo.

“Assembling a homemade firearm from illegally-imported parts violates the Criminal Code and the Customs Act. Offences such as these can result in significant jail time. The CBSA is determined to work with partners to protect communities across Canada from the dangers of illegal firearms,” said Jeryn Peters, Director, Intelligence and Enforcement Operations Division, Prairies Region, the Canada Border Services Agency.

Blake Ellison-Crate, 24, of Winnipeg is facing several charges including, weapons manufacturing and trafficking, identity theft and fraud, to name a few.

The Winnipeg Police Service says the following police services helped in the investigation; Calgary Police Service, Vancouver Police Department, Moose Jaw Police Service, Montreal NWEST and Manitoba RCMP NWEST.

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