Traffic stop results in recovery of drugs and loaded gun in Niagara Falls; man charged


Published August 3, 2023 at 10:16 pm

Courtesy: Niagara Regional Police Service

A 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged with several criminal offences after a traffic stop by the Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) led to a “significant drug seizure” on Aug. 1.

The incident occurred at 3:30 pm during a routine traffic stop along Victoria Ave near Magdalen St in Niagara Falls.

According to authorities, the driver failed to identify himself and managed to flee officers, avoiding arrest.

However, a subsequent search of the vehicle allegedly uncovered a substantial amount of suspected fentanyl, weighing 544 grams and estimated to have a street value of $20,000.

Police were able to locate and arrest the driver on Aug. 2, as he was exiting a hotel on Centre St., near Lewis Ave.

Following the arrest, detectives secured judicial authorization to search the hotel room rented by the driver.

Police allege they discovered 2,612 grams of suspected cocaine, 17.6 grams of suspected fentanyl, a loaded .22 calibre Ruger handgun, 43 bullets, and two passports previously reported as lost or stolen.

The accused, identified as Keshawn Travere Jason Bell, a resident of Niagara Falls, now faces several serious criminal charges, including possession of a firearm, or weapon, possession of a restricted or prohibited firearm without a license, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of fentanyl for the purpose of trafficking, among others.

He is currently in police custody and is scheduled to appear for a bail hearing tomorrow (Aug. 4).

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