York officer’s alertness results in drugs, sawed-off rifle seizure

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Four men have been arrested in the City of Vaughan and charged with possession of drugs and firearm-related offences.

It was the vigilance of a York Regional Police officer on patrol duty on  Wednesday, August 24, 2016, at approximately 7:30 p.m., that led to the arrests.

The officer spotted two vehicles suspiciously  parked beside each other in an otherwise empty parking lot of a commercial building in the area of Barnes Court and Creditstone Road. The officer stopped and investigated the vehicles that were occupied by four men. While speaking with the occupants in one of the vehicles, the officer noted the strong smell of marijuana coming from inside of the vehicle.

The occupants of the vehicle were advised they were under arrest. As they were being handcuffed, two of the suspects fled on foot. With the assistance of the Canine Unit, those suspects were later located hiding in a nearby warehouse and were taken into custody.

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A search of the vehicle revealed a sawed-off .22 caliber rifle and a quantity of marijuana. Investigators believe that the people involved in this case were travelling from western Ontario, on their way to Quebec, and stopped in Vaughan to purchase marijuana.

Charged are: Joseph YOHANNES, 19, City of Montreal Charges: Possession of Marijuana, Obstruct Police, Fail to Comply With Recognizance
Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle,Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Male youth, 16, City of Montreal, Possession of Marijuana. Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle, Possession of a Weapon for a Dangerous Purpose, Possession of a Firearm Contrary to Prohibition Order.

Sergei KLENOVSKY, 20, Town of Saint-Laurent, Possession of Marijuana, Fanny FORTIN, 21, City of Montreal, Possession of Marijuana.

“Proactive patrol conducted by frontline officers each and every day is what keeps York Region one of the safest communities in Canada,” said York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe. “In this case, the dedicated work of our frontline members resulted in drugs and a dangerous weapon being removed from our streets.”

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