Ontario cops took a military-level arsenal of over 80 guns and explosives off the streets
What began as a simple disturbance call in the Town of Blind River resulted in the seizure of an enormous weapons cache capable of supporting a small militia, and a slew of criminal charges for the alleged owner of this vast arms stash.
Early on the morning of March 16, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) East Algoma Detachment responded to a call for a disturbance on Youngfox Road, which led to a search warrant being executed.
OPP Commissioner Thomas Carrique shared a photo of the terrifying haul, which included over 80 firearms, with various prohibited, restricted and non-restricted weapons in the mix.
Excellent work by officers in @OPP_NER, seizing not only firearms, but grenades and explosives at a home in Blind River. Thanks to the OPP Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit and @RCMPONT. #SafeCommunities pic.twitter.com/DXXTCDGLSX— Thomas Carrique (@OPPCommissioner) March 26, 2022
The accused also had a stockpile of ammunition, high-capacity magazines, suppressors (also known as silencers) as well as grenades and explosives.
Never knew there was an army in the Blind! Good god that’s some firepower.— Dave Hossack 🇺🇦 (@DaveHossack) March 27, 2022
Among the weapons seized, a high-caliber sniper rifle seems far beyond the range of practical use for a hunter or sport shooter.
Yeah, looks like a. 50 cal sniper rifle. Obviously smuggled in from our southern neighbors— Paris Nicolaides MB 🇬🇷🏴🇨🇦 (@OdysseusCA) March 28, 2022
To give you a sense of how unnecessarily large a 50-caliber weapon is for civilian use, the typical combined cartridge and bullet loaded into one of these rifles are over 5.4 inches long, and capable of punching through light armoured vehicles. There is no practical use for a hunter unless their prey happens to be a Brink's truck-driving deer.
A .50 cal sniper rifle, a .30 cal crew served weapon system and grenades!— B Turpin 🇨🇦🇩🇰🇧🇧 (@boturpin) March 27, 2022
None of this stuff belongs on the street but Jeez Louise.
This is chilling.
Great job everyone.
The raid was conducted with the OPP's East Algoma Crime Unit, Canine Unit and Forensic Identification Services, and the investigation was supported by members of the OPP's Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
Unbelievable. Getting more and more like the US all the time— Lora Thompson (@retireddispatch) March 27, 2022
The accused, 57-year-old Steve Brisbois of Blind River, was charged with a long list of offences under the Criminal Code, including Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm and Explosives-Making. He appeared in court via video link on March 16 and was subsequently remanded into custody.
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