Three people from Quebec have been charged by Ontario Provincial Police after they were stopped in their SUV on Highway 401 a week ago.
On the afternoon of May 15, the SUV was stopped in Loyalist Township as it was being driven east. Staff Sgt. Chris Watkins said the vehicle was stopped because the licence plate attached to it could not be seen by an officer on patrol.
During the course of their investigation, the officer learned the three occupants were returning from a trip to Toronto. Inside the vehicle, the officer could see cannabis improperly stored, prompting a search, the OPP explained.
Police said that in the vehicle, the officer noted evidence of other criminal activity and placed the trio under arrest.
At that point, one individual fled on foot into a nearby swamp with some property from the vehicle, police said. The individual was captured a short time later.
Searching the SUV and the swamp the individual had run into, OPP said they found a handgun, a loaded magazine, more than $30,000 in cash, a number of credit and debit cards and other property. All of the items and the SUV have been seized.