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Sep 13, 2022  •  2 hours ago  •  1 minute read

Ontario Provincial Police have seized 46 firearms after a traffic stop was executed on Highway 401 west of Prescott.
Ontario Provincial Police have seized 46 firearms after a traffic stop was executed on Highway 401 west of Prescott. Photo by Ontario Provincial Police /Provided

Officers seized a total of 46 firearms earlier this month in a traffic stop on Highway 401 east of Prescott, the Ontario Provincial Police said.

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The Sept. 7 seizure was the result of a six-month firearms trafficking investigation led by the Ottawa Police Service with the help of the Canada Border Services Agency, the OPP’s Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau said in a release Tuesday.

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OPP officers from the provincial weapons enforcement unit and Grenville County detachment made the stop while police in Cornwall pitched in with enforcement in that city.

Two Ottawa residents, both 31, face charges of possession for the purpose of weapons trafficking, possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm or ammunition, possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000, and careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition.

One of them was also charged with possession of cocaine. Both were held in custody pending a court date in Brockville, the OPP said.

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