Gun smuggling charges for Markel Chiles, former U.S. judge
Chiles allegedly caught with two handguns at the U.S.-Canada border
A former Arizona judge who had to resign in disgrace was allegedly caught with two handguns at the U.S.-Canada border.
Markel Kay Chiles, 56, was arrested at the Huntingdon border crossing in British Columbia in May, allegedly carrying a pair of .22-calibre, multi-barrelled handguns: a Texas Defender and a Cobra C22M.
Americans who fail to declare their guns appear regularly on Canadian court dockets, but few have a history like Chiles, who sat as justice of the peace in Mesa, Ariz., until last year.
In a case that shocked the town, Chiles was caught on surveillance camera stealing a $40 speaker from Wal-Mart last April.
Police went so far as to release a video of them questioning him in his office, captured on their mandatory shoulder cameras.
In the video, Chiles denies everything. He resigned last May and was fined $300 for shoplifting.
On Thursday, Chiles appeared in Abbotsford provincial court and now faces seven counts, including gun smuggling and making false statements.
Chiles could not be reached for comment.
With files from Jason Proctor.