Release Date: June 21st, 2019 - 7:46am
Originator: D/Sergeant, Paul Foley, 2 District Criminal Investigation Bureau, 905-825-4747 ext 2215
Contact: Detective, Ron Wright, 2 District Criminal Investigation Bureau, 905-825-4747 extension 2284
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The Halton Regional Police Service has charged a male in conjunction with a traffic stop resulting in the seizure of a loaded handgun, crack cocaine, and over $10,000 cash.
On June 20, 2019, at 3:00 am, uniformed officers were conducting traffic enforcement in the Town of Oakville, when they observed a vehicle travelling 160 km/h in the westbound lanes of the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) near Third Line. Officers followed the vehicle off the QEW at Dorval Drive and conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Dorval Drive and Speers Road.
While investigating the driver for stunt driving, officers observed a small amount of cannabis marijuana in plain view. The driver (Tristen Mason Passee) was placed under arrest for stunt driving and for having care or control of a vehicle with cannabis readily available contrary to the Cannabis Act. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of a loaded handgun, crack cocaine, and over $10,000 cash. Mason Passee and the passenger were placed under arrest and transported to the Oakville police station pending further investigation.
Tristen Mason Passee (23) of Brampton was charged with:
• Unauthorized possession of a firearm
• Careless use of a firearm
• Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized
• Unauthorized possession in a motor vehicle
• Possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition
• Tampering with serial number
• Possession for the purpose of trafficking
Mason Passee was also charged with several Highway Traffic Act charges including Stunt Driving and Cannabis Act charges.
The passenger was later released unconditionally.
Anyone with further information is asked to contact Det. Ron Wright of the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4747 ext. 2284.
Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers "See Something? Hear Something? Know Something? Contact Crime Stoppers" at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca.
Please be reminded that all persons charged are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.