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Police seize loaded handgun, cocaine during RIDE check

Vehicle was searched after the accused surrendered bag of cannabis, resisted arrest and attempted to flee, police say
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NEWS RELEASE
YORK REGIONAL POLICE
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York Regional Police #4 District Uniform Patrol officers have charged a 23-year-old man and seized a loaded handgun, as well as cocaine, when his vehicle entered a RIDE spot check in the City of Vaughan.

On Saturday, Jan. 5, 2018 shortly before 1 a.m., officers were conducting a RIDE spot check in the area of Steeles Avenue West and Highway 400. A silver, four-door Hyundai Sonata entered the spot check and officers spoke with the driver. During the engagement with officers, the driver surrendered a bag of cannabis. As the investigation continued, a bag with what is believed to be cocaine was also located in the vehicle. The driver was placed under arrest, but resisted and attempted to flee. Following a short foot pursuit, the driver was taken into custody. During a search of the vehicle, a loaded handgun was located.

Charged:
    •    Ryan Williams, 23, City of Toronto

Charges:
    •    Possession for the purpose of trafficking
    •    Unauthorized possession of a firearm
    •    Unauthorized possession in a motor vehicle
    •    Carry concealed weapon
    •    Possession of prohibited firearm with ammunition
    •    Possession contrary to order
    •    Breach of recognizance x2
    •    Escape lawful custody
    •    Obstruct police

Mr. Williams has been held in custody and will appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket for a bail hearing on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423, ext.7444, or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online.

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