A 3:30 a.m. traffic stop in Sophaisburgh Friday morning has netted drug and firearms charges for three people including one Picton woman.
Members from the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Prince Edward County Detachment conducted a traffic stop on Highway 62 in Sophiasburgh Ward in the early morning hours and a subsequent investigation lead to the arrest of the three occupants.
A search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of a quantity of suspected cocaine, pills, cannabis, and associated drug paraphernalia, along with Canadian currency, cell phones, and a hand gun with ammunition.
As a result, Dorothy Spiers, 48 from Prince Edward County, Abdul-Malik Ahmed, 20, and Nathan Little, 18, both from North York have been charged with the following offences:
- Possession of a schedule 1 substance for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine;
- Trafficking in schedule 1 substance – other drugs;
- Occupant of motor vehicle knowing there was firearm;
- Possession of prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition;
- Possession of firearm, prohibited or restricted weapon obtained by crime;
- Transfer firearm, prohibited or restricted weapon without authority;
- Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5000;
- Careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition;
- Breach of firearms regulation- transport firearm or restricted weapon;
- Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose;
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm; and
- Knowledge of unauthorized possession of firearm
Speirs was further charged with:
- Tampering with serial number of firearm;
- Possession of firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order;
- Breach of firearms regulation- transport firearm or restricted weapon; and
- Failure to comply with undertaking
Little was further charged with:
- Tampering with serial number of a firearm; and
- Possession of schedule 1 substance for purpose of trafficking – cocaine
Ahmed was further charged with:
- Possession of a firearm knowing serial number had been tampered with
All of the accused were released on undertakings and are scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Picton on January 26, 2022.