Whitehorse Daily Star

Man accused of weapons, drug offences

An early-morning traffic stop by Whitehorse RCMP last Friday led to the seizure of drugs and firearms, one being a loaded, prohibited handgun.

By Whitehorse Star on August 4, 2022

An early-morning traffic stop by Whitehorse RCMP last Friday led to the seizure of drugs and firearms, one being a loaded, prohibited handgun.

The stop also prompted the execution of a search warrant later that day.

“While on a proactive patrol on the Alaska Highway at approximately  4:30  a.m., a general duty officer conducted a traffic stop for several alleged driving offences,” police said today.

“This stop led to the arrest of the driver, at which time the police officer located a loaded handgun held by the driver. Upon search of the vehicle, officers located another handgun.”

As a result of the police investigation, Darin Mohinder Harnam Sanddar, 41, was arrested and charged with the following Criminal Code of Canada offences:

• Possession of a restricted/prohibited weapon without a licence;

• Carrying a concealed weapon;

• Possession of a firearm/weapon/device/ammunition in a motor vehicle;

• Possession of a weapon obtained by crime;

• Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking; and

• Possession of property obtained by crime.

Sanddar was later released on conditions and ordered to appear in court on Aug. 10.

“Based on the significant public safety risk presented by the firearms and drugs seized at this traffic stop, the Yukon RCMP Crime Reduction Unit became involved in the investigation,” police said.

“After reviewing the information and evidence collected, Crime Reduction Unit was granted a search warrant for a Whitehorse residence.”

It was executed last Friday evening with the assistance of Emergency Response Team police officers from the Yukon, British Columbia and Northwest Territories, the Whitehorse Detachment General Investigation Section and the Federal Investigation Unit.

In the execution of the search warrant, the following items were seized:

• Approximately  $1,700  in Canadian currency;

• Large amounts of suspected cocaine;

• A small quantity of suspected heroin;

• A suspected prohibited rifle magazine;

• Various ammunition; and

• Other evidence of drug trafficking activities.

Sanddar was re-arrested upon the execution of the search warrant, and further charges are pending against him.

Another male was also arrested upon execution of the search warrant, and charges are pending against that individual.

“There is a significant risk to the public and police when people are unlawfully in possession of firearms,” said Supt. Daktari Chan (Dak) Dara, the criminal operations officer for the Yukon RCMP.

“All of us at Yukon RCMP continue our efforts to reduce criminal activity in the territory and support a safer Yukon through investigations such as this and other recently reported firearms investigations.”

Comments (33)

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sacallison on Aug 6, 2022 at 8:40 pm

I feel sorry for all of you, based on all your comments , you have NO idea of the misery to come, I read racist comment on here all the time, as a First nations person raised in Vancouver, immersed in multiculturalism, I would like all of you to know, you should buckle up because the ride is about to get bumpy. I moved here from Richmond BC, Whitehorse reminds me of how Richmond used to be 30 years ago, when EVERYONE from Hong Kong moved to Richmond, the officials wanted to be accepting, which i agree with, BUT, if you drive down #3 road today you would be hard pressed to find ONE sign in English, and it happened before anyone could go "hey? whats going on here". What every one needs to understand is that these cultures are not going to be broken or go away. If your country of origin values money and status over being law abiding and contributing to your community, and everyone is trying to be politically correct then the problem wont be addressed until it's to late. Now having said that, I would like to say i find a weird sense of comfort and familiarity seeing all the new people in town. If we could just all have some frank discussions without being worried about who's offending who we would all be better off

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Standards required on Aug 6, 2022 at 3:18 pm

Released on conditions?!

And if this person is up here on some kind of immigration program, kick them out! If he's a home grown POS, there's not much we can do about that other than take out our own trash, but we don't need other countries' garbage.

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Dallas on Aug 6, 2022 at 2:31 pm

And Justin Trudeau is coming after law abiding firearm owners, can’t wait for the next election.

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Juniper Jackson on Aug 6, 2022 at 2:21 am

Anie: I'm sorry Anie. I saw myself in your post. I did not mean to 'sound' racist. Sometimes my thoughts hit the paper before i have reflected on how I am wording my comment. I would not change my comment, but I would add to it. Canadian born offenders should have family involvement. Young people out roaming the streets at 3 a.m. If parents have to pay for the time the police spend, for any B & E's, maybe they would be more attentive to where their children are and what they are doing. Same for young offenders living at home. An adult offender could be billed the same way. Repeat adult offenders see a life sentence..really mean a life sentence. If we do not have enough jails.. build another one. We can sure build everything else.
It is not a good world at the moment. Because we are relatively small, we are seeing crime in a kind of exaggerated way. Most of us in the Yukon, have never seen it like this. Someone coming from Ontario, shootings, drugs, violence is a way of life that they accept. They don't like it..but, there it is. I am also afraid that if the courts do not stop the criminals in their tracks, we will see a huge rise in vigilante justice. I believe in the basic precepts of vigilante justice. A person should be able to protect his family and home..its one of those things easier said than done. I would rather not be put to the test. Thanks for your comments as usual.

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WTF?! on Aug 5, 2022 at 11:14 pm

It’s amazing how many people commenting on here immediately think “oh those immigrants” or ask “are they a Yukon citizen”. Surely a Yukoner wouldn’t behave this way.

This individual is a Yukon citizen, for at least 5 plus years, and was born in Canada.
Next level ignorant racism. It’s time for those Yukon redneck keyboard warriors to look in the mirror.

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drum on Aug 5, 2022 at 8:15 pm

If they were a criminal in their home of origin - they will do the same in Canada. We are letting these thugs in. We house them, give them social assistance and health care and they think we are suckers. We are. The taxpayers of Canada pay for all of this.

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Politico on Aug 5, 2022 at 4:09 pm

It's amazing, conservatives were in power for 14 years and everyone complained about the justice system catch and release then. Why vote for the conservatives if they're just going to maintain the status quo. I hear nothing from the latest crop of wannabe conservative leaders of trying to revamp the justice system. It's just sabre rattling from the lower end.

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The Pattern on Aug 5, 2022 at 2:44 pm

With immigration, our Canadian world will become exactly like the middle and far East. The immigrants are bringing their values (or lack thereof) to our country. They are bringing their tried and true crimes here. What is the norm for them will soon become the norm here. They are changing Canada into their countries which they ran away from!
On the positive side of things: we see Filipinos bringing their great work ethic here, for example. On the negative side of things: we see crimes like this. And more to come. Many, many, more. Yes, I see a pattern also and I don't like it. It won't be long before we have holy wars here and other things foreign to Canada in the past, but not foreign at all to many immigrants. Frankly, I'm afraid for Canada. I hardly recognize it anymore.

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Anie on Aug 5, 2022 at 2:44 pm

It's a sad statement about our world that some posters read a last name and then feel comfortable spouting bigoted baloney. I guess 'Smith" and 'Jones" either never show up on court dockets or, if they do, then they should be given a pass cause they are real Canadians. Years ago a school teacher suggested that bigotry and hatred are the result of poor self esteem - we think so poorly of ourselves that we need to find someone to look down on, so we bunch people into groups and when one of them proves to be a bad person then we say 'see, they are all like that".

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John on Aug 5, 2022 at 1:59 pm

@DSS

...so after you pull your head out from wherever you had it, you try and convey to people that the judicial system is doing their job. On what planet do you reside? It surely is not the same one that 99.9% that everyone else is on here on Earth.

"We need the courts to weigh all evidence especially both prior convictions and current charges." Their job at this juncture is not to weigh evidence but to determine based, on the charges whether or not bail is set or that accused be held over in jail until a further hearing date. You my friend are either a lawyer that lives in Utopia or a misguided individual that believes we are being adequately served by the courts. You are in the minority if you for one minute believe the our society is being served adequately.

You are right about one thing - that no-one disagrees with - the RCMP did their job. The one thing that should have happened, didn't - this individual being should have been held without bail or any other conditions.

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Juniper Jackson on Aug 5, 2022 at 12:38 pm

If people are not holding Canadian citizenship, and break our laws, gather up their family, take Grandma and Grandpa, Aunties, Uncles, the entire family, and deport them right back to their country of origin.

This will do 3 things, It will remove the offender from the country, thus protecting us from a re-offense. (Recidivism numbers are very high). It will cause the family to 'police' and monitor any one that is 'troubled' in the family, and it will spare Canadian taxpayers the expense of keeping them in jails, and save on massive court costs. It's just a thought. When I came to Canada in 1965, knowledge of and obeying Canadian laws was part of my agreement and I understood if I broke them I would be given a bus ticket out.

“I swear (or affirm) that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen.” This is the oath. But, no consequences if you fail to observe it. Or have already broken it before it's read.

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The unconscious civilization on Aug 5, 2022 at 12:32 pm

Dear Groucho d'North on Aug 5, 2022 at 9:54 am:

You can find out who the judge was by checking out the Yukon Territorial Court Website.
Part of the problem with Judicial decision making process as you have pointed out in your suggestion for elected adjudicators is that they are in accountable and there is therefore, no feedback loop that would increase the accuracy of decision-making.

They assert their Judicial Independence is a shield of protection. They engage in speculative (an error in law) rationalizing in conformance to their narrative of society. It’s really, really disturbing what comes off the bench sometimes.

The legal system has gone rogue because of this. It is a self-reinforcing, narcissistic endeavour of a Judicial privilege which cannot be sustained in a democratic system.

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MITCH on Aug 5, 2022 at 12:20 pm

@DSS - When we have rid ourselves of the Liberals for a few years and judicial quality returns to expected norms, then we will have no reason to criticize these donuts and sycophantic pigs. Not before. Inclusive justice can drown in the river.

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Perception is what? on Aug 5, 2022 at 12:18 pm

Hello - BnR on Aug 4, 2022 at 3:09 pm:

Can you please let us know what “pattern” you are seeing here? I have some questions for you.

We know that the human mind is a complex system of introspective subjectivities with an amazing ability to see and make connections where they do not exist but for this phenomenon of patternicity or, meaning making. This is related to our need to integrate our collection of episodic memories into a coherent whole conforming to a representation of ourselves in relation to the perception of our external realities (sic).

More simply put, humans are heuristic calculators embedded within a context and a personal narrative (our own mission statement). This is the essence of our so-called ‘patternicity’. Heuristics are mental shortcuts/rules of thumb that guide us throughout our day. The mental navigation system. This is necessary because NO individual has the ability to contemplate the whole of the sensory reality pouring into our neural anatomy.

There are issues of attentional control which can be impacted by something as simple as a lack of water, current glucose levels, mood, and on and on. Then there are the external factors which abound from the simple differences in lighting and background to sound quality based on spatial realities.

The human brain has evolved to recognize patterns, perhaps more than any other single function. Our brain is weak at processing logic, remembering facts, and making calculations, but pattern recognition is its deep core capability.

The detection of a pattern is simply the product of biases. The mind is a wanderer. Even when we are supposedly ‘focused’ on something our minds are filling in the gaps of missing information unconsciously - That’s right, you might believe that you are the pilot but your onboard computer is working very hard, carrying out calculations, and feeding you information about stuff you have no conscious awareness of.

Your mind then goes WTF and creates a narrative weave conscious and unconscious data. This of course is all integrated by a brain that has no direct access to the outside world.

For example, your visual cortex does not see the world as you perceive it. It is a bottom up hierarchical organization of bits and pieces of datum such as dots, lines, outlines etc. There are 7 or so processes of increasing complexity performed by the information received by your eyes for example.

Please, tell me more about these ‘patterns’. They seem very real to you.

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Groucho d'North on Aug 5, 2022 at 9:54 am

It's well past time for elected judges. Political interference has created a dysfunctional legal industry here in the Yukon. It would also be nice if these stories contained the name of the judge who made the decision to let these reprobates off with little to no penalty.

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YukonMax on Aug 5, 2022 at 9:30 am

Yes, once again a deeply rooted Canadian,..

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Chuck Farley on Aug 5, 2022 at 12:48 am

BnR on Aug 4, 2022 at 3:09 pm Maybe it’s just me but I sense a pattern here. "What pattern would that be?

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DSS on Aug 4, 2022 at 6:59 pm

Not sure why there are so many negative comments toward the RCMP. They did their job: from alleged traffic offences to automobile and household searches. Evidence was collected and presented.

Not sure why there are so many negative comments toward the judicial. They did their job: reviewed the evidence and prior offences. A case was presented and carried to a future date.

There is a great reason to cherish a presumption of innocence. It may appear to be a slam-dunk case, throw away the keys, etc. We need the RCMP to be honest in their investigations. We need the courts to weigh all evidence especially both prior convictions and current charges. We do this so that offenders are properly convicted. We need all of these considerations so that innocent people are not convicted.

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Charlie's Aunt on Aug 4, 2022 at 5:46 pm

Why is this insane catch & release stuff happening? I would like to know the conditions of his release, at least the rest of us law abiding citizens would know what works if we were arrested. Interesting name the perp has, wondering where he arrived from?

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Lawgiver Cornelius on Aug 4, 2022 at 4:56 pm

Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil’s pawn. Alone among God’s primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother’s land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death.

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bonanzajoe on Aug 4, 2022 at 4:51 pm

In the meantime, His Nibbs PM JT is creating legislation to take away all the guns from conservatives. He has had two failed assassination attempts already. And then, during the last election campaign some woman in Alberta hit him in the back of the head with a handful of gravel. I guess that one was the wake up call to the terrible right wing conservative threat.

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I Take Care of My Own Justice on Aug 4, 2022 at 4:50 pm

Criminals must just love this judicial utopia for them known as Yukon. After living in absolute disgust and abhorrence of what I’ve seen the legal system do over and over again for years now I no longer rely on the police or legal system. I’ll hand out my own justice if and when need be as I never signed my protection over to some criminal coddling judge to give away.

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Tu Shi on Aug 4, 2022 at 4:17 pm

Good thing he wasn't involved with the Freedom Convoy in Ottawa last winter or he might have been denied bail.

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bonanzajoe on Aug 4, 2022 at 4:01 pm

“All of us at Yukon RCMP continue our efforts to reduce criminal activity in the territory and support a safer Yukon" Some how the Judges are not getting their memos delivered to their offices.

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drum on Aug 4, 2022 at 4:00 pm

Are they Yukon Residents?

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bonanzajoe on Aug 4, 2022 at 3:59 pm

“Based on the significant public safety risk presented by the firearms....". And the judge lets him go. Does he not think he can get his hands on more illegal firearms?

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BnR on Aug 4, 2022 at 3:09 pm

Darin Mohinder Harnam Sanddar……..
Maybe it’s just me but I sense a pattern here.

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charles meyer on Aug 4, 2022 at 2:41 pm

Once again, arrested, charges laid, and released. WTF?
What's the Point in all that?
Lock him up already.
I like to know how many of these released Criminals actually show up for Court.
It must be frustrating for the RCMP to arrest these criminals, just to see them walking out of Court.

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John on Aug 4, 2022 at 1:53 pm

...follow-up in two days time. Released on own recognizance by the courts. "Would you please come to court when we ask you to. If you are in need of funds to support yourself in the interim Social Services is the place to go."

"Have a nice day. Oh by the way, we are sorry you had to experience such deprivation from those nasty police officers. We hope we did not offend you in anyway?"

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Bandit on Aug 4, 2022 at 1:30 pm

When are we going to STOP releasing these Idiots on "conditions" and then having to re-arrest them, if you are caught Carrying a Concealed Loaded weapon full stop Go to Jail, Directly to Jail and if you are in this Country on some kind of Immigration status other than being a Citizen of Canada, Deport them period!!! Anyways Great Job "M" Division stay vigilant and stay Safe.

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Yukoner1 on Aug 4, 2022 at 1:28 pm

Sanddar was later released on conditions and ordered to appear in court on Aug. 10.

“Based on the significant public safety risk presented by the firearms and drugs seized at this traffic stop, the Yukon RCMP Crime Reduction Unit became involved in the investigation,” police said.

So he's a "significant public safety", but we let him out on a promise to come to court months in the future. Excellent decision, right?

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WHAT??? on Aug 4, 2022 at 1:26 pm

"Released on Conditions"??? Not another POS let out to do more of the same!! wow....

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Don't let the revolving door hit you on your way out! on Aug 4, 2022 at 1:26 pm

Interesting, so:

• Possession of a restricted/prohibited weapon without a licence;

• Carrying a concealed weapon;

• Possession of a firearm/weapon/device/ammunition in a motor vehicle;

• Possession of a weapon obtained by crime;

• Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking; and

• Possession of property obtained by crime.

Result:

Sanddar was later released on conditions and ordered to appear in court on Aug. 10.

By August 10th he'll be chilling somewhere down south. What joke this whole system is. Couldn't hold him a week in custody, really?

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