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Traffic stop in Loyalist Township leads to seizure of cash, firearm

The handgun, cash, debit and credit cards, and electronics seized after a traffic stop in Loyalist Township. Photo via L&A OPP.

Three residents from Quebec remain in custody after a traffic stop resulted in a brief foot chase, and the seizure of money, weapons and a cache of credit and debit cards.

According to the Lennox and Addington Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), an officer conducted the traffic stop on the afternoon of Friday, May 15, 2020. The officer pulled over an SUV that had been travelling on Highway 401 in Loyalist Township.

During the course of the ensuing investigation, the officer observed cannabis improperly stored inside the SUV and searched the vehicle. During the search, the officer found evidence of other criminal activity and placed the three occupants of the SUV under arrest. At that point, one of the three fled on foot into a swampy area nearby with some property from the vehicle. That individual was taken into custody after a brief pursuit, and the property was recovered.

Police seized the vehicle, as well as the following items, which were located in the vehicle and in the area where the suspect fled:

  • A handgun
  • A loaded magazine
  • Over $30,000 in cash
  • A number of credit and debit cards
  • Electronics
  • Other property

As a result, the three were charges as follows.

Vikramdeep Singh Khasria, 23, of Lasalle, Quebec is charged with:

  • Possession of the proceeds of crime
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
  • Transporting a firearm in a careless manner
  • Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition for a dangerous purpose

Khalid Nabih, 21, of Chateauguay, Quebec is charged with:

  • Possession of the proceeds of crime
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
  • Transporting a firearm in a careless manner
  • Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition for a dangerous purpose

Anis Rayane Bacha, 21, of Montreal, Quebec is charged with:

  • Possession of the proceeds of crime
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
  • Transporting a firearm in a careless manner
  • Possession of a prohibited device or ammunition for a dangerous purpose
  • Obstructing a peace officer
  • Resisting a peace officer

According to the OPP, all three remain in custody and will appear in a bail court via video on Monday, May 25, 2020. The investigation remains ongoing and further charges are possible.

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