Traffic stop leads to gun, drug charges

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A routine weekend traffic stop led to impaired, drug and gun charges for Chatham-Kent OPP.

An OPP officer pulled a vehicle over on Communication Road shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday morning for speeding. But when the officer was speaking to the driver, police say it became apparent the driver had been drinking.

Police administered a roadside screening and the driver was arrested. They were transported to the OPP detachment where they provided two samples over the legal limit.

During the course of the investigation, a loaded handgun and illicit drugs were located. As a result, three people are facing charges.

A 30-year-old Leamington man is charged with impaired driving; possession of a loaded, prohibited or restricted firearm; being an occupant in a vehicle knowing there was a firearm; knowing there was unauthorized possession of a firearm; unauthorized possession of a firearm; carrying a concealed weapon; two counts of careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition; possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; and two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking (cocaine and opioids).

A 22-year-old Leamington woman is charged with possession of a loaded, prohibited or restricted firearm; being an occupant in a vehicle knowing there was a firearm; knowing there was unauthorized possession of a firearm; carrying a concealed weapon; careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition; possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose; and breach of recognizance.

A 25-year-old Leamington man is charged with possession of a loaded, prohibited or restricted firearm; being an occupant in a vehicle knowing there was a firearm; knowing there was unauthorized possession of a firearm; carrying a concealed weapon; unauthorized possession of a firearm; carrying a concealed weapon; careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition; and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

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