Canadian man held after gun found in car at Vermont border
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Canadian man has been ordered held on charges of bringing a .22 caliber handgun into the United States at the North Troy port of entry.
Jean-Pierre Bellemare appeared in U.S. District Court in Burlington on Wednesday.
Court documents say the 51-year-old Bellemare has an extensive criminal record in Canada and was arrested Sept. 20 when he entered Vermont. He told the border agent he was headed to Wal-Mart to make a purchase.
The handgun was found in a backpack.
In addition to the semi-automatic pistol, the border agents found an unsheathed, double-sided knife, a Halloween mask, spools of wire and rubber gloves. Bellemare told the agents he could not lawfully possess the firearm in Canada.
Bellemare’s attorney did not return a call seeking comment.