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Traffic stop leads to drugs, fully loaded firearms: police

Barrie police stopped truck after it left Donald Street motel and soon seized 'significant quantity' of cocaine, crystal meth, heroin, and prescription medication
Barrie police seized cash, firearms and drugs following a vehicle stop Monday night.

Two men are facing charges after a vehicle stop led to the seizure of drugs and weapons last night in Barrie.

Shortly before 10 p.m., on Monday, March 13, Barrie police says officers spotted a pickup truck leaving a Donald Street motel. As it travelled southbound onto Anne Street, police determined the truck's validation had expired.

Police say the driver of the pickup turned into a nearby gas station where the officers conducted a traffic stop. As they were speaking with the driver, police say a "strong odour of suspected marijuana was detected."

"What began as a Highway Traffic Act stop quickly evolved into a drug investigation," police said in a news release. 

The driver, an 18-year-old Barrie man, and the passenger, a 24-year-old Innisfil man, were taken into custody.

"While doing so, each were found to be in possession of fully loaded firearms as well as a quantity of drugs, prescription medication and Canadian currency," according to police. 

The suspects were transported to Barrie Police Headquarters on Fairview Road where the investigation continued into the overnight hours.

Through the course of their investigation, police say the arresting officers located and seized a "significant quantity" of cocaine, crystal methamphetamine, heroin, and prescription medication "that was destined to be trafficked on our streets."

Weapons also seized, in addition to the firearms, included a set of brass knuckles.

The two men face a combined 32 criminal, drug and Provincial Offences Act charges. They are scheduled to appear later today for a video bail hearing at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie.