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South Simcoe police lay weapons-related charges following traffic stop in Bradford

South Simcoe police say the weapons-related charges came after a traffic stop in Bradford West Gwillimbury.
South Simcoe police say the weapons-related charges came after a traffic stop in Bradford West Gwillimbury. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

Three people are facing weapons-related charges after an officer stopped a vehicle travelling west on Canal Road in Bradford West Gwillimbury for an alleged moving violation on Thursday afternoon, South Simcoe police say.

During a conversation with the driver after stopping the vehicle, police say the officer detected the smell of cannabis and investigated the driver for impaired driving.

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Police say the investigation resulted in the driver receiving a three-day, warn-range suspension.

Before impounding the vehicle, police say the officer searched the car and found a loaded .357 Magnum handgun.

The driver and the passenger were both arrested and taken to the police station, where the investigation continued, police add.

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According to police, the investigation led officers to a home in Maple, Ont., late Thursday afternoon, where officers arrested a woman for allegedly attempting to interfere with the investigation.

On Friday, South Simcoe and York Regional police executed a search warrant at the home in Maple.

A 19-year-old Maple man and a 41-year-old Brampton man are now facing multiple weapons-related charges, including possession of a prohibited firearm, careless use of a firearm, dangerous weapons and possession of stolen property, police say.

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Both men were taken for a bail hearing on Friday and have been placed in custody, police say.

A 39-year-old Maple woman is also facing charges of obstructing a police officer and unauthorized possession of a weapon.

She has been placed in custody until Tuesday for a bail hearing.

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