Officers with Kingston Police seemingly thwarted a drone drop operation taking place near Collins Bay Institution after some suspicious activity was called in to police on the night of Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021.
According to Kingston Police, officers responded to a suspicious activity call at approximately 10:23 p.m. at the parking lot of the shopping plaza on the south side of Bath Road between Armstrong Road and Queen Mary Road, where the Circle K convenience store and Red Lobster restaurant are located. Police received information that people sitting in a vehicle in that parking lot had been observed operating a drone “in close proximity to Collins Bay Institution,” Kingston Police said in a press release on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.
Responding officers arrived at the parking lot and spoke with the two men sitting in the vehicle in question. During that conversation, “police observed several wrapped items believed to be narcotics inside of the vehicle.” Kingston Police would not expand on what those narcotics specifically were.
Both males were subsequently arrested, and a search of the pair and the vehicle found various quantities of narcotics, drug paraphernalia, and a loaded 9mm handgun.
While police would not say if the two men are from the Kingston area, both men were jointly charged with:
- Possession of a firearm other than a restricted or prohibited firearm without holding a licence
- Possession of a prohibited/restricted weapon/device
- Occupying a motor vehicle with a firearm
- Possession of a loaded, regulated firearm
- Three counts of conspiracy to commit an indictable offence
- Three counts of possession of a Schedule 1 substance for trafficking