On October 16, 2018, Marquis Watkins, a “former football phenom”, attempted to smuggle 20 handguns into Canada via the beautiful Rainbow Bridge at Niagara Falls, Ontario.
Watkins told border agents he was coming to Canada to take his girlfriend out for dinner. For reasons we’ll probably never know, the fine folks at the Canadian Border Services Agency didn’t buy it.
Even after a search of Watkins’ vehicle revealed nothing, CBSA agents still weren’t satisfied. They brought a detector dog over and that was the end of Watkins’ dinner plans.
Once the dog pointed CBSA agents in the right direction, a more detailed search of Watkins’ vehicle revealed a sealed compartment. Inside that compartment were 20 illegal handguns.
Like most criminals do when caught, Marquis Watkins denied any knowledge of the illegal guns.
Nobody bought his lies.
Marquis Watkins pleaded guilty and, on May 15, 2020, Judge James Ramsay sentenced him to three years in prison.
“The issue of illegal handguns is probably the most pressing criminal problem we’re facing in Canada. They come over from the United States, brought over in small batches by people like the accused,” said Judge Ramsay.
To the fine men and women of Canada Border Services Agency, thank you for your diligence and persistence. You stopped Marquis Watkins from delivering 20 illegal guns into the hands of Toronto’s drug dealers, gang members and other violent criminals.
To Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, if you truly want to stop bad people from obtaining illegal guns (instead of copying the vacuous virtue-signalling of your boss), this is where you must focus your energy.