Two men and a woman are facing charges as a result of a traffic stop conducted yesterday in Dartmouth.
At approximately 2:30 p.m., officers assigned to the HRP/RCMP Integrated Guns and Gangs Unit and HRP Quick Response Unit conducted a traffic stop in the 300 block of Windmill Road in Dartmouth after observing a vehicle with a stolen plate. Three occupants were arrested and a subsequent search of the vehicle yielded crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and a long barrel firearm with ammunition. A 40-year-old Halifax woman and 51-year-old Halifax man were charged with possession of crack cocaine and later released. Both are scheduled to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court at a later date.
Fifty-two-year-old Charles Robert Lawrence of Dartmouth was held overnight and is facing the following charges:
5(2) CDSA - Drug possession for the purpose of trafficking86 CC - Unsafe storage of a firearm88 CC - Possession of a weapon dangerous to the public92 CC - Possession of a firearm knowing possession is unauthorized94 CC - Unauthorized possession of a weapon in a vehicle 117.01(1) CC - Breach of weapon prohibition order145(3) CC - Breach of recognizance (4 counts)355(b) CC - Possession of stolen goods
Lawrence will appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court later today.
The Quick Response Unit is an important part of the Halifax Regional Police crime reduction strategy, with a separate unit for each of our three divisions. The members in these units usually work in a plain clothes capacity and address crime and quality-of-life issues.