Routine Hamilton traffic stop leads to discovery of loaded firearms, cocaine
Published September 30, 2022 at 10:22 am
What appeared to be a routine traffic stop in downtown Hamilton turned into the discovery of illegal firearms and drugs on Thursday (Sept. 29).
Police pulled over a vehicle in the Barton and Wentworth St. area at around 11:05 a.m. and allege that the licence plates were not registered to the vehicle, the male driver was not licenced, and the vehicle was stolen.
Police say a search revealed three illegal handguns that were loaded. One of the guns was allegedly altered and capable of being used as a fully automatic firearm.
— Hamilton Police (@HamiltonPolice) September 30, 2022
Police say they also found one prohibited over-capacity magazine, cocaine, and psilocybin (illegal mushrooms).
The male driver was charged with four traffic-related offences, as well as the following criminal charges:
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm x 3
- Possession of a Firearm Knowing its Possession is Unauthorized x 3
- Possession of Prohibited Loaded Firearm x 3
- Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle x 3
- Careless Transport of a Firearm x 3
- Possession of a Prohibited Device x 2