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Two men charged with multiple weapons offences following traffic stop

Officers stopped the vehicle without incident and investigators seized a handgun and ammunition
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A Halifax Regional Police vehicle (Meghan Groff/HalifaxToday.ca)

Two men have been charged with multiple weapons offences after a traffic stop Tuesday afternoon.

At roughly 2 p.m., investigators from the Guns and Gangs Unit of the Integrated Criminal Investigation Division, assisted by members of the HRP Emergency Response Team, stopped a vehicle on the Cobequid Road in Lower Sackville in relation to an ongoing investigation.

Officers stopped the vehicle without incident and investigators seized a handgun and ammunition.

Vernon Washington Brown, 20, and Erich William Heckel, 20, both of Halifax, face the following charges:

  • Careless handling of a firearm
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Carrying a concealed firearm
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited firearm without authorization
  • Possession of a prohibited firearm knowing it is unauthorized
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm in motor vehicle
  • Possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition

They were scheduled to appear in Dartmouth Provincial Court on Wednesday.

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