NRPS Traffic Stop in St. Catharines Leads to Drugs and a Handgun

On July 2, 2022, at approximately 3:46am, 1 District St. Catharines/Thorold uniform officers were on patrol in the area of Riordon Street and Gale Crescent in St. Catharines.

The officers observed a 2007 beige Hyundai Santa Fe on Riordon Street driving erratically. A traffic stop was conducted.  Further investigation by the officers led the arrest of the driver as he was criminally prohibited from driving a car in Canada. A search of the male and the car following his arrest resulted in the seizure of the following:

109.3 grams of Fentanyl (street value, $32,790) 6.3 grams of Crystal Meth (street value, $1,260.00) 11.5 grams of Cocaine (street value, $1,150.00) $970.00 in Canadian Currency and $50.00 in American Currency (total $1,020) Glock 23 handgun with a Glock magazine containing five bullets

Jhon Freddy FLORES (26 years) of no fixed address, has been arrested and charged with the offences of:

Operation While Prohibited, Sec. 320.18 CC Possession of a Schedule I Substance for Trafficking- Fentanyl, Sec. 5(2) CDSA Possession of a Schedule I Substance for Trafficking- Methamphetamine, Sec. 5(2) CDSA Possession of a Schedule I Substance for Trafficking- Cocaine, Sec. 5(2) CDSA Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm in a Motor Vehicle, Sec. 94(1) CC Possess Firearm Knowing Its Possession Is Unauthorized, Sec. 92(1) CC Possession of a Prohibited Firearm without Holding a Licence, Sec. 91(1) CC Careless Storage of a Firearm, Sec. 86(1) CC Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition, Sec. 95(1) CC Carrying Concealed Weapon, Sec. 90(1) CC Possession of Proceeds of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000, Sec. 355(b) CC Possession of a Firearm Contrary to Order, Sec. 117.01(1) CC (2 Counts) Drive While Under Criminal Code Suspension, Sec. 53(1.1) HTA Drive While Under Suspension, Sec. 53(1) HTA  Fail To Surrender Permit for Motor Vehicle, Sec.7(5)(a) HTA Fail To Surrender Insurance Card, Sec. 3(1) CAIA

FLORES attended a video bail hearing on July 2, 2022.  He was subsequently held in custody and will appear again via video from the Niagara Detention Centre to the Robert S. K. Welch Courthouse in St. Catharines on July 4, 2022.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact officers by calling 905-688-4111, extension 1024233.

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