A Quebec man is headed into 2022 with a laundry list of charges after a traffic on Highway 401 for speeding led to police discovering he was in possession of a loaded, prohibited handgun.
According to the Frontenac County Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), members of the OPP East Region Traffic Incident Management Enforcement (TIME) Team conducted a traffic stop on Highway 401 at approximately 1:10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. The officers pulled over the vehicle on the eastbound lanes of the highway in between the exits for Joyceville Road and Highway 15.
Upon approaching the driver and investigating, police found the man was wearing a bulletproof vest. Additional investigation located a loaded, prohibited handgun with a high-capacity magazine, ammunition, and a concealed, prohibited knife. Furthermore, officers found that the driver’s licence had already been suspended for previous driving infractions.
As a result, Lalute Maurice Reid, 46, of Lachine, Quebec, is facing the following traffic charges and Criminal Code charges:
- Possession of a firearm knowing the serial number has been tampered with
- Possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to a Prohibition Order
- Three counts of careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device, or ammunition
- Three counts of possession of a prohibited device or ammunition for a dangerous purpose
- Three counts of carrying a concealed or prohibited device or ammunition
- Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
- Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm
- Two counts of possession of a prohibited device or ammunition
- Three counts of being the occupant of a motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm present
- Possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm
- Possession of a firearm, prohibited, or restricted weapon obtained by crime
- Speeding 1 to 49 km/h over the posted speed limit
- Seven counts of driving while under suspension
Additionally, the Reid’s vehicle was towed and impounded, and he will be responsible for all related fees and fines. Reid was held for bail to appear in the Criminal Court of Justice in Kingston the same day.