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Police seize over two dozen firearms, fentanyl in Mississauga traffic stop

A man is facing firearm and drug-related charges after he was stopped by authorities last month in Mississauga.
Sam Edwards High Level, Alberta

A man is facing firearm and drug-related charges after he was stopped by authorities last month in Mississauga, reports CP24.

Peel Regional Police conducted a traffic stop near Robert Speck Parkway and City Centre Drive at about 4:20 a.m. on June 25. According to investigators, police seized fentanyl, two firearms, various ammunition, and two airsoft imitation firearms.

The 51-year-old was later arrested after being investigated by police who have identified the driver as Rafael Lopes from Collingwood, Ontario.

He is facing charges of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, carrying a concealed weapon, careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition, possession of an opioid (fentanyl), and failure to comply with undertaking.

Two more search warrants have been carried out in connection to Lopes case—one at a Collingwood home and another at a Toronto home.

At the Collingwood home, police seized 11 long guns and 18 pistols. They found four long guns and one pistol at the Toronto home.

A suspicious package was also located at the Collingwood home by police, who evacuated the surrounding homes and contacted the OPP Explosives Disposal Unit. They later found that the package was not a threat to the public.

The investigation is still underway and anyone with additional information is asked to contact the 11 Division Criminal Investigation Bureau at (905) 453-2121 ext. 1133 or anonymously call Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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