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Man coming off TOTE cargo ship found with gun

Dennis Blake charged with introducing firearm onto seaport property

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BLOUNT ISLAND, Fla. – A man who had just come off a cargo ship owned by TOTE Services was arrested Monday for having a gun at the Blount Island port.

U.S. Customs was inspecting the Isabella when crew member Dennis Blake, 34, was stopped and his backpack searched.

Officers found a handgun and two magazines of ammo. Blake is charged with introducing a firearm onto seaport property.

Blake is member of the Seafarer’s Union.

TOTE released a statement Tuesday:

TOTE officials are assisting with the investigation. The company has an absolute rule forbidding guns on board its vessels. Out of respect for the investigation, TOTE will not comment further.