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Impaired, trafficking, firearms charges result for driver who snoozed at intersection

A man from Toronto, and man from Bramptom, both 21, were arrested in Vaughan yesterday
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Snoozing in a running vehicle at an intersection has resulted in impaired, firearms and drug trafficking charges for a driver and his passenger in Vaughan early yesterday.

When a York Regional Police officer on patrol approached a vehicle stopped at an intersection near Islington Avenue and Highway 7 at about 1:45 a.m. Thursday, April 16, he saw that both the driver and passenger appeared to be asleep. The vehicle was running, in a “live lane of traffic,” police said in a news release. 

As officers searched the driver after waking him up and arresting him for impaired driving, a loaded handgun was found, police said.

Officers discovered a second loaded handgun after searching the passenger.

Inside the vehicle, a search turned up drugs, a scale and cash, according to police.

The slew of charges facing Fahad Yonan, 21, of Brampton and Kemani Whyte, 21, of Toronto include: possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition; carrying a concealed weapon; possession of a firearm knowing its possession is anauthorized; careless storage of a firearm; impaired operation; possession of prohibited device or ammunition; possession of a weapon; firearm possession contrary to prohibition order; unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle; unauthorized possession of a prohibited device or ammunition; transport firearm or restricted weapon contrary to regulations; tampering with serial number of a firearm; possession for the purpose of trafficking- schedule 2 substance, and breach of probation. 

The investigation is ongoing, police said, and anyone with information is asked to contact the #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7441, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS, leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.