A man has been charged in connection to an incident that occurred early yesterday morning in Halifax.
On June 12, at approximately 1 a.m., Halifax Regional Police responded to a call in the area of Artz Street and Brunswick Street. A 30-year-old taxi driver was dropping off a passenger at that location when the passenger demanded his property and made mention that he had a firearm, although none was seen. The suspect took the driver’s cell phone and left on foot. The driver was not injured and officers were unable to locate the suspect.
At 11 a.m., officers arrested 20-year-old Lance Marcus Sampson in connection with this incident. He was found to be in possession of a loaded handgun, crack cocaine and the stolen property. He was held in custody overnight and will appear in Halifax Provincial court later today. He faces the following charges:
- CC 86(2) – Unsafe storage of a firearm
- CC 88(1) – Possession of a weapon dangerous to the public peace
- CC 90(1) – Carrying a concealed weapon
- CC 92(1) – Possession of a firearm without license
- CC 95(1) – Possession of a loaded prohibited firearm
- CC 96(1) – Possession of a firearm obtained by crime
- CC 117.01(1) – Possession of a firearm contrary to prohibition order
- CC 355(b) – Possession of stolen property under $5,000
- CC 733.1(1) (a) – Breach of probation order (two counts)
- CDSA 5(2) – Possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking
Investigators with the HRP/RCMP Integrated General Investigation Section are continuing the investigation and anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at 490-5016. Anonymous tips can be sent to Crime Stoppers by calling toll-free 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), submitting a secure web tip at www.crimestoppers.ns.ca or texting a tip - Tip 202 + your message to 274637.