Major Drug Seizure in Sarnia

An officer of the Community Response Division - Community Patrol Branch - D Platoon conducted an investigation on Friday night that resulted in a significant seizure.

The officer observed a traffic violation which resulted in a car being stopped on Indian Road in Sarnia.

The 24-year-old male driver of the vehicle, Shamar TYNES of Toronto was arrested for driving while disqualified. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the location and seizure of a loaded Glock semi-automatic hand gun, which was within reach of the driver and passenger, 27-year-old Montekia SMITH, also of the Toronto area. A further search uncovered an additional magazine for the gun with a 30 round capacity, 98 grams of suspected cocaine and over $10,00 in cash. The total street value of the cocaine seized is over $10,000.

As a result of the seizure, the driver was charged with driving while disqualified, possession of a firearm while prohibited, possession of a firearm while knowing they are prohibited and breach of probation. The driver and the passenger will both face charges of possession of a prohibited firearm, possession of a prohibited device, possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition, unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle, and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Investigation has revealed that the firearm was reported stolen from a break and enter in York Region; therefore, they both are jointly charged with possession of stolen property and possession of a firearm obtained by crime.

Both TYNES and SMITH had bail hearings in Sarnia on Saturday morning and were both remanded into custody for further court appearances later this week.

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