Ashley MURLEY and Tristan ESSUE Face Firearm and Weapons Trafficking Charges

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Motor Vehicle Collision Leads to Charges

Thunder Bay – NEWS – The OPP in Chapleau report that on November 28, 2021 at approximately 3:07 pm EST, officers with the Superior East Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a single motor vehicle collision on Sultan Industrial Road near Chapleau.

The OPP investigation resulted in the seizure of five hand guns, firearm accessories and ammunition.

As a result, Ashley MURLEY, 30-years-of-age, of Thunder Bay has been charged with the following:

  • Possession for the Purpose of Weapons Trafficking, contrary to section 100 of the Criminal Code (CC),
  • Transport firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition in a careless manner, contrary to section 86(1) of the CC (Five Counts),
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm, contrary to section 92(1) of the CC (Five Counts), and
  • Possession of prohibited or restricted firearm with ammo, contrary to section 95(1) of the CC.

In addition, Tristan ESSUE, 19-years-of-age, of London has been charged with the following:

  • Possession for the Purpose of Weapons Trafficking, contrary to section 100 of the CC,
  • Transport firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition in a careless manner, contrary to section 86(1) of the CC (Five Counts),
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm, contrary to section 92(1) of the CC (Five Counts), and
  • Possession of prohibited or restricted firearm with ammo, contrary to section 95(1) of the CC.

Both parties were remanded into custody pending bail hearings.