On Monday, April 1, 2024, at approximately 4:00 a.m., officers from the Barrie Police Service were on patrol in northeast Barrie when they observed two males standing beside a vehicle that was parked on the street with the hatchback door open. The officers maintained observation of the motor vehicle from a distance, and when it eventually drove away, conducted a traffic stop.  

The driver, a 39-year-old male from Angus, was found to be driving under suspension and was placed under arrest. While being taken into custody, two small bags of suspected cocaine were found on the male and a further search of the car resulted in police locating and seizing a large quantity of cannabis, fentanyl, methamphetamine, cocaine and Canadian currency. Lying across the back seat and unsafely stored was a gun case that contained a 9mm semi-automatic assault rifle and a fully loaded magazine.

The passenger, a 25-year-old male from Orillia, was also taken into custody and both males were transported to Barrie Police Headquarters.

As a result of the  investigation, both males were held in custody and are scheduled to appear today by video, with the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie, for a bail hearing.

The driver has been charged with;

  • Driving While Under Suspension
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance (3 counts)
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking (3 counts
  • Unauthorized possession of firearm
  • Careless Storage of Ammunition
  • Possession of over 30g of dried Cannabis (or equivalent) in a Public Place
  • Possession of Illicit Cannabis
  • Possession (Cannabis) for the purpose of distributing.

 

The passenger has been charged with:

  • Driving While Under Suspension
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance (3 counts)
  • Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking (3 counts
  • Unauthorized possession of firearm
  • Careless Storage of Ammunition
  • Possession of over 30g of dried Cannabis (or equivalent) in a Public Place
  • Possession of Illicit Cannabis
  • Possession (Cannabis) for the purpose of distributing
  • Possession of Firearm or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (Firearm)
  • Possession of Firearm or Ammunition Contrary to Prohibition Order (Ammunition).
Occurrence #: BA24017540
Prepared by: Corporate Communications Coordinator Peter Leon

 

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