Proactive Policing Nets Handgun

14 Division
Officers seized an illegal firearm after investigating a vehicle was left idling on Dan Leckie Way on April 4.

The City’s by-law limits idling to no more than one minute in a 60-minute period.

“When the occupants returned to the car, uniformed officers investigated them for the idling and then saw marijuana in the console,” said Det. Darren Worth, of 14 Division. “While it was just one joint and marijuana is legal, you are not allowed to have it in a motor vehicle accessible to the driver.”

The three occupants – two females and a male who was the driver --were arrested and the vehicle searched to uncover more marijuana. During the vehicle search, officers located a gun in the bag of the backseat passenger.

Jessica Mason, 34, of Mississauga, and Jazmin Gillett, 30, of Pefferlaw, are each facing six charges, including possession of a weapon.

The driver, 30-year-old Alexander Farinas, of Caledon, faces eight charges, including driving while under suspension. They were expected to make court appearances April 5.

Supt. Domenic Sinopoli, the 14 Division Unit Commander, is incredibly proud with the proactive measures that officers, particularly those in the Primary Response Unit, are taking to combat the gun and gang violence in the Division.

“Last year alone, even with provincial closures, we saw a significant spike in shootings, in comparison to 2020,” he said. “While 14 Division saw an increase, the Service as a whole saw a decrease.”

In 2021, a total of 42 guns were seized by 14 Division officers, which was an increase of 56 per cent compared to the previous year.

“Our officers are keenly aware of the impact this is having on our community and this awareness has contributed to enhanced efforts, particularly during their unstructured time,” said Sinopoli. “I think it is very important to acknowledge the good work that takes place on a daily basis.”

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