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OPP checkpoint on Chenail Island in Hawkesbury. Photo James Morgan

Weapons seized at Long Sault Bridge provincial border checkpoint in Hawkesbury

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.

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