Loaded handgun and drugs seized in Festive RIDE checkstop in Brampton

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Published December 15, 2023 at 2:33 pm

Firearm and drug charges have been laid against a Brampton man after police say they found a loaded handgun, cannabis and opioids during a checkstop.

The traffic stop happened in the area of Kennedy Road South and Orenda Road in Brampton on Tuesday shortly before 10 p.m., Peel Regional Police say.

Officers with the Road Safety Services RIDE unit pulled over a vehicle and during an investigation found a loaded handgun along with an undisclosed quantity of cannabis and opioids.

Police say a 26-year-old male from Brampton was arrested and charged.

Marlon Malcolm, 26, of Brampton has been charged with multiple offences including unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless storage of a firearm, possession for the purpose, and drive motor vehicle – no licence.

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

Police are out in force on Brampton and Mississauga roads for the Festive RIDE campaign and have already stopped approximately 10,000 vehicles and charged dozens of drivers.

The annual safety blitz is aimed at cracking down on impaired drivers during the holidays as some 30 people have been killed in Peel impaired driving-related incidents since 2018.

Last year’s campaign saw 13,987 motorists checked and 126 charges for operation while impaired by alcohol and eight charges for operation while impaired by drugs.

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