On May 26, 2021, at 10:30 p.m., officers from the Hawkesbury Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were called to assist at the Long Sault Bridge in the Town of Hawkesbury. Officers stopped a vehicle from Quebec that was travelling through the Provincial Border Check Point.
Police investigation revealed that the five occupants were in possession of cannabis, as well as a loaded 9mm handgun and a loaded blank revolver.
Two 20-year-olds from Montreal, along with a 22-year-old, a 20-year-old, and a 22-year-old, all from St-Leonard, Quebec are charged with the following Criminal Code offences:
- Occupant of motor vehicle knowing there was prohibited or restricted firearm
- Possession of loaded prohibited or restricted firearm
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm
- Knowledge of unauthorized possession of firearm
- Possession of a firearm, obtained by Possession of property obtained by crime
- Possession of a property obtained by crime – 3 counts
- Transport firearm or ammunition in a careless manner
- Breach of firearms regulation – transport firearm or restricted weapon
- Carrying concealed weapon
- Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose
One of the men from St-Leonard was given a further charge of:
Fail to comply with probation order – Transport firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition in a careless manner.
The accused were released and have a court date of June 30, 2021 at the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal.
One of the men from Montreal was given a further charge of:
- Obstruct Peace Officer
The accused was held for bail, with a court date of June 11, 2021, at the Ontario Court of Justice in L’Orignal.