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OPP seize firearm during routine traffic stop

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A routine traffic stop for speeding in Leeds and the Thousand Islands has resulted in an ongoing investigation after police ended up seizing a loaded firearm.

Just before 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, officers from the Leeds County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) stopped a vehicle for speeding in the westbound lanes of Highway 401 in Leeds and the Thousand Islands Township. During the stop, officers located a loaded firearm in the vehicle, leading to numerous criminal charges against the driver.

As a result, the driver, Erson Buakasa, 20, of Scarborough, was arrested and charged with:

  • Possession of a weapon for dangerous purposes
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device, or ammunition
  • Occupant of a motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm
  • Possession of a load prohibited or restricted firearm

Additionally, Buakasa was charged under the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act with:

  • Operations of a motor vehicle without insurance
  • Knowingly using an invalid insurance card

According to the OPP, this investigation remains ongoing.

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