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Weapons arrest at U.S.-Canadian border

Two Canadians allegedly tried to bring guns, ammo from United States

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(CNN) -- Two men tried to re-enter Canada from the United States early Saturday with handguns and ammunition strapped to their bodies, Canadian police said.

Ali Dirie, 22, and Yasin Mohamed, 23 -- both Canadians from the Toronto area -- face weapons-related charges and are in police custody in Niagara Falls, Ontario, according to a police statement. Ontario's Provincial Weapons Enforcement Team and the Niagara Regional Police Service are investigating.

Detective Sgt. Shawn Clarkson, of the Niagara Regional Police Service, would not say what led border officers to search the men.

The men's vehicle underwent a routine search at about 5:40 a.m. at Peace Bridge, which links Buffalo, New York, with Fort Erie, Ontario.

Smuggling U.S. guns into Canada, where gun restrictions are much tighter, has been a common problem.

Niagara Regional Police Chief Wendy Southall said the arrests demonstrate "how many enforcement agencies working together contribute to the safety of communities beyond any local jurisdiction."

"Border security and the flow of illegal guns into Canada affect us all," she said.

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