U.S. traveller at heart of Lansdowne border bomb discovery sentenced

The new Canada Border Services Agency port of entry near Lansdowne, Ont. was officially opened Thursday, June 21, 2018. (Idea Inc. via Newswatch Group)

BROCKVILLE – An American who touched off delays at the Lansdowne port of entry on a holiday weekend earlier this summer after a firearm and a bomb was found has been sentenced to roughly four-and-a-half months in jail.

James Grove, 47, of Elizabeth, Tenn. was sentenced to 139 days in jail after credit for pretrial custody. He was found guilty of possession of a restricted firearm.

Court records show the other charge – possession of an explosive device – was withdrawn by the Crown.

Grove is also banned from owning or having weapons for 10 years and will be on probation for two years. During his probation, there is an order that he’s not allowed to travel to Canada, records show.

Leeds County O.P.P. and the Canada Border Services Agency started an investigation after Grove was refused entry into Canada during Sunday of the Canada Day weekend (June 30).

The CBSA found an “explosive device” as well as the gun, the O.P.P. said.

The police never elaborated on what sort of device it was but the O.P.P.’s bomb squad had to be called in to get rid of it.

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