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Published September 17, 2023

(UPDATE) OPP seize guns, drugs as Highway 400 closed north of Barrie

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Highway 400 was closed north of Barrie for a period of time after provincial police received a weapons call from a cab driver who told them a passenger exited the taxi and left behind cash and a gun in the rear seat of the vehicle.

At around 8:45 on Saturday night, police said a man on his way to Sudbury demanded to be let out of the taxi.

"The male subsequently got out on the side of the highway, however, left a quantity of cash as well as a firearm in the rear of the taxi," police said in a news release on Sunday.

Police closed Highway 400 in both directions between County Road 93 and Moonstone Road, and advised in a tweet that motorists should not stop for hitchhikers in the area between Moonstone and Midhurst.

During the search for the suspect, police said they found another loaded gun along with a large quantity of what is believed to be cocaine, and more cash.

Then around 2:30 Sunday morning, police were alerted about a suspicious person along the highway.

A 25-year-old from Sudbury was located and taken into custody.

As a result of the investigation, police said they seized:

·      Two Loaded handguns

·      Ammunition

·      Cocaine- approximately 454 grams

·      Canadian Currency- approximately $18000.00

In addition to the seizure, police charged a 25-year-old from Sudbury with:

·      Careless storage of a firearm

·      Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose (2 Counts)

·      Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm (2 Counts)

·      Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm (2 Counts)

·      Occupant of Motor Vehicle knowing there was a Firearm (2 Counts)

·      Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm (2 Counts)

·      Tampering with the serial number of a Firearm

·      Possession of a Schedule 1 Substance for the purpose of Trafficking - Opioid

·      Possession of Property Obtained by Crime over $5000.00

·      Careless Storage of a Firearm

·      Failure to Comply with Probation Order

·      Failure to Comply with Release Order

·      Unauthorized Possession of Weapon

The accused party was held for a bail hearing.

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