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Officers from the Toronto Anti Violence Intervention Strategy Rapid Response Team were in the process of patrolling the area near Ardwick Boulevard in Toronto when they noticed a group of males. The events that ensued led to police allegedly seizing illegal drugs.
When officers from the Rapid Response Team approached the group of males near Finch and Islington avenues, three of them fled. The police began to chase them and soon apprehended them at approximately 2:30 p.m. Police allegedly found a Browning 9mm handgun that was fully loaded. Police also claim to have seized drugs from the suspects.
The men are now facing several criminal charges. Police arrested the three males for possession of a stolen gun, but charges that are related to the firearm have yet to be filed. Police are conducting further investigation into the event. One 18 year old who was arrested is facing charges for weapons and drug offences. Another 18-year-old was charged with cocaine possession and failing to comply with recognizance. The last male was released with no charges filed against him.
Individuals who face serious charges, such as drug distribution, importing drugs, trafficking meth, trafficking heroin or other criminal charges that are related to drugs are often faced with serious long-term implications. Some drug crimes may be in violation of provincial laws, but others are in violation of federal laws. Being convicted of a federal violation regarding organized illegal drug activity can result in years of prison time. Furthermore, federal agents may add on additional charges, such as conspiracy charges or other allegations that can increase potential prison time. Individuals who face serious drug charges may consult with a Toronto criminal defence lawyer who may be able to attain a plea bargain agreement for the client or challenge the constitutionality of a search and seizure.
Source: North York Mirror, “Loaded gun, drugs seized near Finch and Islington,” 16 April 2013