Two residents of Quebec face multiple charges after OPP seized a loaded firearm in Northumberland County on Sunday.
According to Northumberland OPP, around 7:20 p.m., officers responded to reports of a black SUV with Quebec licence plates driving erratically in the westbound lanes of Highway 401 coming from the Quinte West area.
Officers conducted a traffic stop on the highway in Alnwick-Haldimand Township east of County Road 23. OPP say officers detected the odour of cannabis in the vehicle.
A search of the SUV located cannabis and a loaded handgun, OPP say. The driver allegedly provided police with false identification.
Jefferson-Denley Edouard, 24, of Laval, and Kency Bien-Aime, 21, of Montreal were arrested and each charged with:
- Transporting a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition in a careless manner
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm
- Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm
- Occupying a vehicle knowing there was a prohibited device or ammunition
- Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition for a dangerous purpose
- Possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm
- Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm/ammunition
- Carrying a concealed prohibited device or ammunition
- Carrying a concealed weapon
- Possession of a firearm knowing the serial number has been tampered with
- Occupying a motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm
Edouard was additionally charged with obstructing a peace officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, driving a vehicle with cannabis readily available, failure to identify self, driving a motor vehicle without a licence, failure to comply with an undertaking and failure to comply with a probation order.
Bien-Aime was additionally charged with two counts of failure to comply with a release order.
OPP say the accused individuals were both held in custody for a bail hearing in Cobourg.