Routine Hamilton traffic stop leads to discovery of loaded firearms, cocaine

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Published September 30, 2022 at 10:22 am

Routine Hamilton traffic stop leads to discovery of loaded firearms, cocaine
What appeared to be a routine traffic stop in downtown Hamilton turned into the discovery of illegal firearms, ammunition, and drugs.

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.

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
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