Whitby man arrested in Mississauga drug bust after gun discovered

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Published September 26, 2022 at 6:02 pm

Police seized this gun after finding two people smoking cannabis in a car. - via Peel Police

A man and a woman face numerous charges after a minor drug bust in Mississauga resulted in the discovery of a loaded handgun.

On September 17, two Peel Regional Police officers with the Strategic Tactical Enforcement Policing (STEP) team were on a routine patrol.

The pair spotted a car around 10:30 p.m. near Edwards Blvd and Derry Rd. Police allege that a man and woman were in the car smoking pot.

The officers searched the car and the pair and found a loaded Ruger 9mm pistol.

Darryl Graham, a 36 of Whitby is charged with unauthorized possession of a gun, unauthorized possession of a loaded or restricted gun, knowingly possessing a gun while unauthorized, unauthorized possession of a gun in a car, possession of a gun against a court order and care or control of a car with cannabis readily available.

Graham was held in custody pending a bail hearing at the Brampton courthouse.

Additionally, Nicole MacNeil, 34 of Toronto, was also charged with the above gun possession charges. She was released from custody with conditions.

“Despite being bound by a total of seven different firearm prohibition orders, the accused Darryl Graham has once again been charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm, which poses a significant risk to our community. Our service is committed to keep ensuring that individuals found in possession of illegal firearms are held accountable. I am very pleased with the efforts here, which resulted in one more handgun being removed from our streets,” said Nick Milinovich, Deputy Chief of Investigative & Emergency Services Command

The Peel Police STEP unit has been working to reduce gun and gang-related crime across the Region since 2007. The unit targets high-crime areas with a focus on preventative measures, intelligence gathering, investigations and enforcement of gun, gang and drug offences.

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