Illegal Firearms Becoming Increasingly Common in Guelph
There was a time when it was relatively uncommon for members of the Guelph Police Service to encounter illegal firearms in their day-to-day interactions with the public. This is no longer the case. Recently, there have been concerning numbers of firearm related criminal offences occurring in our city. This disturbing trend has been observed in a number of recent investigations.
On May 25th, search warrants were executed at several residences in regard to a drug trafficking investigation. During the search, two loaded handguns and a large quantity of ammunition were located.
On June 1st, search warrants were executed at a warehouse property and residence in regard to a drug trafficking investigation. During the search, two rifles, and several real and replica firearms were located.
On July 5th, a search incident to arrest of a 20-year-old male revealed a loaded Glock 9mm handgun in his waistband.
“Our community has seen a disturbing number of firearm-related offences in recent weeks. This presents increased risks for our citizens and our members,” said Chief Gord Cobey. “We will continue to work to identify and disrupt the activities of those involved in these illegal activities.”
Anyone with information relating to illegal firearms, or other criminal activity, can contact the Guelph Police Service at 519-824-1212, leave an anonymous tip for Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit an anonymous tip online at www.csgw.tips.