RIDE stop near Thessalon results in multiple weapons charges

A RIDE stop Nov. 23 by the East Algoma detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police resulted in a slew of charges against two wanted men after a search of their pick-up truck uncovered a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, a loaded 303 British rifle and a loaded sawed off .22 semi automatic Savage rifle.

Police in a news release said they were conducting a RIDE check at the intersection of Little Rapids Road and Ansonia Road near Thessalon. The release stated shortly after 4 p.m. a red pickup truck approached the RIDE location then suddenly turned around to evade the checkpoint. Police pulled the pickup truck over near the municipality’s garage on Little Rapids Road.

The release said police observed two different plates on the vehicle and a resulting query revealed the driver and passenger were wanted. A subsequent search turned up the weapons.

The driver, Daniel Jones, 32, from Bruce Mines, is charged with:

  • Careless Use of a Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition, contrary to section 86(1) of the Criminal Code (CC) (three counts)
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, contrary to section 88 of the CC (three counts)
  • Carrying Concealed Weapon, contrary to section 90 of the CC
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, contrary to section 91(1) of the CC (three counts)
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm, contrary to section 92(1) of the CC (two counts)
  • Possession of a Prohibited Device or Ammunition, contrary to section 92(2) of the CC
  • Occupant of Motor Vehicle knowing there was a Firearm, contrary to section 94 of the CC (three counts)
  • Possession of Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm, contrary to section 95(1) of the CC
  • Driving While Under Suspension, contrary to section 53(1) of Highway Traffic Act (HTA) (two counts)
  • Use Plates Not Authorized for Vehicle, contrary to section 12(1)(d) of the HTA (two counts)
  • Fail to Surrender Permit for Motor Vehicle, contrary to section 7(5)(a) of the HTA
  • Operate a Motor Vehicle without Insurance, contrary to section 2(1)(a) of the Compulsory Automobile Insurance Act
  • Unlawfully Have Loaded Firearm in Conveyance, contrary to section 17(1)(a) of the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Act (three counts)

The passenger, Cole Barber, 26, from the Municipality of Huron Shores, is charged with:

  • Careless Use of a Firearm, Weapon, Prohibited Device or Ammunition, contrary to section 86(1) of the Criminal Code (CC) (three counts)
  • Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose, contrary to section 88 of the CC (three counts)
  • Carrying Concealed Weapon, contrary to section 90 of the CC
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, contrary to section 91(1) of the CC (three counts)
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm, contrary to section 92(1) of the CC (two counts)
  • Possession of a Prohibited Device or Ammunition, contrary to section 92(2) of the CC
  • Occupant of Motor Vehicle knowing there was a Firearm, contrary to section 94 of the CC (three counts)
  • Possession of Loaded Prohibited or Restricted Firearm, contrary to section 95(1) of the CC

Both accused appeared before the Ontario Court of Justice by video in Blind River on Nov. 24 and were remanded into custody.