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Guelph resident charged after loaded semi-automatic firearm, drugs seized in Barrie

Suspected cocaine and fentanyl located during vehicle search
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On Saturday, Aug. 28, 2021 at 1:44 p.m., a Barrie Police officer stopped a motor vehicle on Bryne Drive after receiving information that the registered owner was driving while under suspension. In addition to the driver, there were two passengers in the motor vehicle – a male who sat up front and a female who was in the rear seat.

As the officer approached the driver’s side door which had been opened by the driver, a white substance that was believed to be cocaine was observed.

All three occupants of the motor vehicle were arrested, and the investigation continued.

Police then located additional substances that were in the vehicle and were believed to be cocaine and fentanyl. A loaded semi-automatic firearm was also located in the car and as a result, all three arrested persons were transported to Barrie Police Headquarters for further investigation.

The driver, a 24-year-old male of no fixed address from Barrie; the front seat passenger, who is a 22-year-old resident of Guelph; and the rear seat passenger, a 30-year--old female of no fixed address from Barrie were all charged in relation to this incident and held for a bail hearing on Sunday, Aug. 29, 2021. All three were subsequently remanded into custody.

The following is a breakdown of the criminal charges that have been laid:
    •    Charge 1: drive under suspension HTA 53(1) - driver
    •    Charge 2: possession of controlled substance - cocaine CDSA 4(1) - all jointly
    •    Charge 3: possession of controlled substance - fentanyl CDSA 4(1) - all jointly
    •    Charge 4: obstruct peace officer CCC 129(a) - front seat passenger
    •    Charge 5: possession property obtained by crime CCC 354(1)(a) - all jointly
    •    Charge 6: possession property obtained by crime CCC 354(1)(a) - driver
    •    Charge 7: possession for the purpose of trafficking - cocaine CDSA 5(1) - all jointly
    •    Charge 8: possession for the purpose of trafficking - fentanyl CDSA 5(1) - all jointly
    •    Charge 9: unauthorized possession of firearm CCC 91(1) - all jointly
    •    Charge 10: possession of firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized CCC 92(1) -all jointly
    •    Charge 11: unauthorized possession of a firearm in motor vehicle CCC 94(1) - all jointly
    •    Charge 12: possession of prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition CCC 95(1) - all jointly
    •    Charge 13: fail to comply undertaking CCC 145(4)(a) - front seat passenger
    •    Charge 14: fail to comply with release order CCC 145(5)(a) - front seat passenger
    •    Charge 15: fail to comply with release order CCC 145(5)(a) - front seat passenger