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Handgun and Over 300g of Cocaine Seized by CRU Investigation

Handgun and Over 300g of Cocaine Seized by CRU Investigation
July 6th, 2017 - Police & the Community

Barrie Police Community Response Unit (CRU) has recently been working with concerned citizens in the area of High Street, in the City of Barrie, as an increased concern for possible prostitution and drug activity was brought to the attention of the police. 

On Wednesday, July 5th, 2017 at 11:35pm two officers were patrolling the area of High Street, between Dunlop Street West and Park Street, when they observed a vehicle parked, not running, on the side of the road with two occupants inside.  This was consistent with the complaints in the area and when police drove by the occupants slouched as to conceal their presence from police. As officers approached the vehicle the occupants rolled up the windows providing some resistance to conversation and later provided conflicting stories as to why they were in the area. The two males in the vehicle also provided false identities to police on initial interaction.  A third male approached officers while they were speaking to two males, advising he was the driver and responsible for the vehicle. At this time officers observed one male suspiciously reaching for an item inside the vehicle which was wrapped in clear plastic, consistent with how illegal narcotics are often packaged.  All three males were placed under arrest for Possession of a Controlled Substance and removed from the vehicle.

The following items were located and seized in relation the the incident:

-   302 grams of Crack Cocaine
-   Fully loaded Colt 1911 45-caliber semi-automatic handgun
-   A quantity of Cash

A 21-year old Etobicoke male has been charged with:

  • Careless Storage of Firearm
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Possession of Firearm knowing ts Possession is Unauthorized
  • Firearm in Motor Vehicle
  • Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
  • Possession of Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
  • Firearm: Tampering with Serial Number
  • Possession of Controlled Substance- Cocaine
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking- Cocaine
  • Possession of Proceed of Property Obtained by Crime
  • Obstruct Peace Officer
  • Fail to Comply with Recognizance x 4

A 19-year-old Toronto male has been charged with:

  • Careless Storage of Firearm
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Possession of Firearm knowing ts Possession is Unauthorized
  • Firearm in Motor Vehicle
  • Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
  • Possession of Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
  • Firearm: Tampering with Serial Number
  • Possession of Controlled Substance- Cocaine
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking- Cocaine
  • Possession of Proceed of Property Obtained by Crime
  • Obstruct Peace Officer
  • Identity Fraud
  • Fail to Comply with Recognizance x 4
  • Firearm: Contrary to Prohibition Order

A 21-year-old Mississauga male has been charged with:

  • Careless Storage of Firearm
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
  • Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Possession of Firearm knowing ts Possession is Unauthorized
  • Firearm in Motor Vehicle
  • Restricted Firearm with Ammunition
  • Possession of Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm
  • Firearm: Tampering with Serial Number
  • Possession of Controlled Substance- Cocaine
  • Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking- Cocaine
  • Possession of Proceed of Property Obtained by Crime

It is believed the street value of the drugs seized in relation to this investigation exceeds $30,000. Investigators feel this seizure and the arrests of these individuals will result in a major dent in the drugs reaching the streets of Barrie.

The public is reminded that anyone who may have information into the illegal distribution or possession of drugs can anonymously report to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.tipsubmit.com

Occurrence #: BA17033194

Prepared by: Constable N. Rodgers #6180