Driver faces gun, drug charges

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A Toronto man is facing serious gun and drug charges following a crash on Highway 17 on New Year’s Day.

The Upper Ottawa Valley detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) reported Tuesday that a single motor vehicle collision (MVC) took place on Highway 17 near Cochrane Lane in Laurentian Hills.

The collision occurred at approximately 6:30 am on January 1, 2020 when an SUV on Highway 17 left the roadway, rolled, and came to rest down a steep embankment. The vehicle sustained extensive damage and was towed from the scene.

The driver, and lone occupant of the vehicle, was not seriously injured.

Police say alcohol was determined to be a possible factor in the MVC at the time and as part of the investigation a roadside screening device was utilized.

The driver was arrested and searched which resulted in police finding and seizing a loaded handgun, cash and a significant quantity of illicit drugs.

The OPP’s Community Street Crime Unit (CSCU) was engaged and is assisting with the investigation.

As a result of this incident, 38-year-old Alvin David Robinson of Toronto has been charged with the following Criminal Code (CC) and Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA):

  • Operation while impaired – blood alcohol concentration over 80mg
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Occupant of a motor vehicle knowing there was a firearm
  • Possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm
  • Possession of proceeds of property obtained by crime under $5000
  • Knowledge of unauthorized possession of firearm – two counts
  • Transport firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition in a careless manner – three counts
  • Possession of firearm or ammunition contrary to prohibition order – five counts
  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – cocaine
  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – heroin
  • Possession of a schedule I substance for the purpose of trafficking – fentanyl

In relation to the CC driving charges, the accused had his licence suspended for 90 days and the vehicle was towed and impounded for seven days.

The accused was held for a bail hearing and remains in custody until their next court appearance by way of video on January 9, at the Ontario Court of Justice in Pembroke.