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Brampton man arrested after police find gun and ganja during traffic stop at parking lot

Nov 8, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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22-year-old faces a slew of charges

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Police officers patrolling Brampton, Ont.’s streets this past weekend were likely surprised to find a loaded gun and cannabis in a vehicle parked in a parking lot located in the heart of the city.

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  1. Despite the officer activating the cruiser’s emergency lights, the driver did not stop and continued fleeing at high speed. / Photo: File

    Man believed to be smoking weed in OPP parking lot faces numerous charges

  2. Responding to a call at 11:30 a.m. on Aug. 15 regarding a possible impaired driver, officers located the man and his vehicle in a parking lot. /

    Man found unconscious behind wheel of car with cannabis readily available

  3. Driver fled police after running a red light and making an illegal U-turn. Police later discovered a loaded and unregistered gun, two pounds of cannabis and an unspecified amount of mushrooms.

    Police chase leads to car crash and discovery of loaded gun, weed and mushrooms

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Detected at about 10:36 p.m. on Nov. 6, officers with the Peel Regional Police (PRP) noticed the vehicle and decided to check things out. After searching the vehicle, that check revealed a loaded .22 calibre revolver and an undisclosed amount of cannabis, according to a police statement.

Cannabis consumption verboten while driving or about to drive

Recreational weed is legal throughout Canada and those 19 and older in Ontario can buy, use, possess and grow it in specified amounts, notes information from the Government of Ontario. Cannabis can be smoked and vaped in private residences, many outdoor public places, designated smoking guest rooms in hotels, motels and inns and even residential vehicles and boats, but only if these are parked or anchored and have permanent sleeping accommodations and cooking facilities.

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Consumption is not allowed in vehicles or boats that are being driven or will be driven. Indeed, it is illegal to transport even legal weed if open and not in original packaging, not packed in baggage or readily available to anyone in the vehicle.

22-year-old faces multiple charges

In light of the find, PRP reports a 22-year-old, Brampton resident was charged with knowledge of unauthorized possession of firearm, occupant of motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm, possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm, careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition, knowledge of unauthorized possession of a weapon, possession of firearm with altered serial number and driving a vehicle with cannabis readily available.

Knowingly possessing a firearm or ammunition without a Possession and Acquisition Licence “is usually tried as summary conviction offences, though maximum sentences can still result in up to a year in prison depending upon the nature of possession,” explains Mass Tsang LLP.

When tried as an indictable offence, many such charges, including unauthorized possession of a restricted or prohibited firearm, “carry maximum penalties of five to 10 years in prison.”

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As for cannabis, the police did not note the specific amount involved. A chart from the Ontario Court of Justice notes that driving a vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available sparks a $175 fine. Information from the federal government notes possession over the legal limit can result in tickets for small amounts and up to five years, less a day, in jail for large amounts.

No shortage of weed/weapon combos in recent years

It’s never a good idea to not only have on hand, but get caught with, loaded firearms in vehicles. Still, this does occur both north and south of the border.

Just last month, an 18-year-old and a 20-year-old landed in hot water after one of them threw an empty alcohol bottle near a fast-food drive-thru, attracting the attention of police. Ultimately, the teen was cited for possessing cannabis and driving without a licence, while the older accused was charged with improper handling of a firearm in a motor vehicle and carrying a concealed weapon.

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A month earlier in Iowa, a 29-year-old driver was arrested for a loaded gun, open liquor and illegal cannabis in her vehicle shortly after almost clipping a police cruiser when she sped past it at about 85 kilometres/hour. The arrest sheet note, among other offences, carrying a dangerous weapon, possession of a substance that doesn’t have a drug tax stamp, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cannabis with intent to deliver.

Here at home, the weapons and weed combo has reared its head in recent years in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Newfoundland and Labrador, among other places.

Parking lots prove a bad spot to have cannabis

Although not combining the two seems obvious, less obvious is how many times people have been busted for cannabis in parking lots.

A 60-year-old taxi driver in Ontario was charged after some sharp-nosed, off-duty officers sniffed out the smell of weed coming from his parked vehicle at a Collision Reporting Centre, a high school student in Louisiana was busted after getting caught with 525 grams of weed inside a parked vehicle outside a school and three convicted felons in California — aged 20, 23 and 29 — were arrested after a sheriff’s deputy spotted them in parking garage with weed in plain view.

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