Canadian soldier caught mailing rifles home from Afghanistan.

A 28-year-old Canadian Forces sergeant has been fined $1,500 for…

A 28-year-old Canadian Forces sergeant has been fined $1,500 for mailing home assault rifles from Afghanistan as war souvenirs.

Sgt. Randy Olive was near the end of his second tour of duty in Afghanistan in 2010 when he shipped three AK-74 military assault rifles and four 30-round magazines of ammunition to his home in Sault Ste. Marie.

The Canada Border Services Agency in Trenton had spotted the second package, with two rifles and three ammunition magazines, when it arrived via Canada Post on Sept. 17, 2010. Military police found an earlier parcel, with one rifle and one magazine of ammunition, when they searched Olive’s home.

Olive, an eight-year veteran of the Forces, was arrested aboard a Chinook helicopter headed back to Kandahar, Afghanistan, from a forward operating base on Oct. 17, 2010.

Source: Lesley Ciarula Taylor for The Star.

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