Sawed-off rifle, stolen property, drugs seized during traffic stop in Peterborough: OPP

A sawed-off shotgun was seized during a traffic stop by Peterborough County OPP. Peterborough County OPP

Two people face multiple charges after police say they seized a sawed-off rifle, stolen property and drugs during a traffic stop in Peterborough’s west end early Sunday.

According to Peterborough County OPP, around 12:30 a.m., an officer stopped a vehicle on Lansdowne Street West for a Highway Traffic offence.

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Police determined the vehicle had been reported stolen on March 20 from a city residence. The vehicle also matched the description of a vehicle involved in a series of break and enters in Peterborough County.

A search of the vehicle led police to seize a sawed-off rifle, stolen property and opioids.

Stolen property located in a vehicle during a traffic stop in Peterborough on Sunday. Peterborough County OPP

Lucan Watters, 43, of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen Township, and Phillip Simpson, 39, of Otonabee-South Monaghan Township, were arrested and charged with:

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  • possession property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • break, enter a dwelling house with intent to commit an indictable offence
  • knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • being in a motor vehicle while knowing there was a firearm
  • possession of a Schedule I substance — opioid

Watters was additionally charged with possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to a prohibition order.

The accused were released and are scheduled to appear in court in Peterborough on May 6, OPP said Monday.

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