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.”