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OPP arrest 5, seize cannabis, guns at Ontario-Quebec border checkpoint

Ontario Provincial Police check travellers entering Ontario from Quebec in Hawkesbury, Ont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Five people were arrested late last month for allegedly trying to sneak drugs and weapons over the provincial border between Quebec and Ontario, OPP say.

On the night of May 26, OPP were called to the Long Sault Bridge in Hawkesbury, Ont., to respond to a vehicle at the border checkpoint.

Police say five people inside the vehicle were carrying cannabis, a loaded nine-millimetre handgun and a loaded blank revolver.

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OPP charged Redha Merzoug and Richer Ngoc-Nguyen, both 20 from Montreal, and Ala-Eddine Hichem Benaadi, 22, Brohim Oudha, 20, and Ryad Tazibet, 22, all from St-Leonard, Que., with the following:

  • occupant of motor vehicle knowing there was prohibited or restricted firearm in the vehicle
  • possession of loaded prohibited or restricted firearm
  • unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • knowledge of unauthorized possession of firearm
  • possession of a firearm, obtained by crime
  • three counts of possession of a property obtained by crime
  • transport firearm or ammunition in a careless manner
  • transport firearm or restricted weapon
  • carrying a concealed weapon
  • possession of weapon for dangerous purpose

Benaadi was further charged with failing to comply with a probation order and Ngoc-Nguyen was additionally charged with obstructing a peace officer.

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