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Three arrested when police seize firearm, currency at traffic stop

22 cal rifle July 2020
.22 caliber rifle seized by Timmins Police on July 20, 2020. Photo supplied by Timmins Police Service

NEWS RELEASE
TIMMINS POLICE SERVICE
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The Timmins Police Service has charged three men with a number of Criminal Code firearms offences stemming from a traffic stop that occurred during the early morning hours of Monday, July 20 on Algonquin Blvd in Timmins.

While completing general patrols of the downtown core, a Timmins Police Service officer noticed a vehicle being driven in a suspicious manner. The officer initiated a traffic stop of the Nissan Pathfinder with three male occupants. The vehicle came to a stop in the parking lot of a local hotel. While interviewing the occupants, the officer observed a military style rifle in the vehicle.

The firearm, a .22 caliber rifle, was determined to be loaded, upon careful inspection by the police. The firearm and $720.00 in Canadian currency was seized by the Timmins Police as evidence.

All three men were arrested without incident at the scene.

Based on the outcome of the investigation, Kevin Ross, 41, of Moosonee, Jason Prevost, 45, of Cochrane, and Morgan Fournier, 29, also of Cochrane, have been respectively charged with:

  • Careless use of a firearm contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a weapon contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Occupant of a motor vehicle – Knowing there is a firearm within contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon or ammunition contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada
  • Possession of proceeds of crime contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

Ross is further accused of two additional counts of

  • Possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada

All accused persons have been released from police custody on the strength of respective Undertakings compelling them to attend at Provincial Court in Timmins on Sept. 29 to answer to the charges laid against them.

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