Loaded gun recovered in Brampton

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Published October 10, 2022 at 2:59 pm

Officers laid numerous gun and drug-related charges after investigating two men sitting in a parked car in Brampton.

Peel Regional Police patrol officers were in the area of Tomken Rd. and West Dr. shortly after 10 p.m. on Saturday (Oct. 8) when they initiated a Cannabis Act and Liquor Licence Act investigation.

Two individuals in a parked car tried to flee from police in the middle of the investigation, striking two patrol officers with their vehicle in the process.

Police managed to safely stop the vehicle and arrested both men inside.

Upon searching the men and the vehicle, officers located a loaded Glock 43X and a quantity of drugs.

Two men from Brampton were charged.

Benjamin Owusu (31) is charged with the following offences:

  • Dangerous operation of a converyance
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized
  • Unauthorized possession of firearm in a motor vehicle
  • Possession of prohibited firearm with ammunition
  • Fail to comply with release order
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking

At the time of his arrest, Owusu was out on bail for previous firearms related charges and breaching court orders.

Anthony Zangari (31) is charged with the following offences:

  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Possession of firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized
  • Unauthorized possession of firearm in a motor vehicle
  • Possession of prohibited firearm with ammunition
  • Possession of the purpose of trafficking

Both of the accused were held for a bail hearing and attended the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton.

“This is another example of the risks our officers face in our community to take illegal firearms off the street,” Chief of Peel Regional Police, Nishan Duraiappah said. “These gun seizures and the unwavering police work by our frontline patrol officers likely prevented further gun violence in our region and neighbouring communities.”

Anyone with information about this firearm seizure are asked to contact the 21 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at 905-453-2121, ext. 2133.

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