Two Canadians are facing federal charges in Minnesota after a state trooper allegedly found 67 firearms in their car during a traffic stop.
Dayne Adrian Sitladeen, 29, and Muzamil Aden Addow, 29, are each charged in federal court with one count of unlawful alien in possession of firearms, U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald announced Wednesday.
According to the criminal complaint, at 10:10 p.m. on Jan. 10, a Minnesota State Patrol trooper pulled over a pickup truck that was traveling 95-99 mph on westbound Interstate 94 near Fergus Falls.
The pickup truck had Texas license plates and was registered to Hertz LLC, a rental car company.
When the trooper approached the driver, Addow, provided an Ontario, Canada, driver's license that identified him as Zakaria Taajir. While the passenger, Sitladeen, provided a fake Florida ID, the complaint states. The trooper also detected marijuana.
During the trooper's conversation with Sitladeen and Addow, they provided "inconsistent statements" about their trip, including the company Addow supposedly worked for, whether they traveled together to get to Minnesota, and how long they knew each other, charges state.
After smelling marijuana again in the vehicle, the trooper searched the truck, which contained "several duffle bags and backpacks," charges state. The trooper opened one of the bags and found 10-15 firearms and high capacity magazines inside.
In total, law enforcement recovered 67 firearms and "numerous" pistol magazines, charges state.
Sitladeen had a provisional federal arrest warrant from the U.S. Marshals Service for Sitladeen in connection to a 2019 arrest warrant in Canada for first-degree homicide, fentanyl distribution, and possession of proceeds of crime.
Addow also had outstanding felony arrest warrants in Canada for firearms offenses and kidnapping.