Loaded Firearms in Vehicle Leads to Charges for Three

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On November 27, 2023, at approximately 9:05 p.m. Fort Frances Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting a RIDE check on Highway 11-71 at Highway 502 in Halkirk Township. A vehicle entered the RIDE check and through investigation, officers located 2 loaded firearms and cannabis in the vehicle.
On November 27, 2023, at approximately 9:05 p.m. Fort Frances Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were conducting a RIDE check on Highway 11-71 at Highway 502 in Halkirk Township. A vehicle entered the RIDE check and through investigation, officers located 2 loaded firearms and cannabis in the vehicle.

RIDE Stop Results in Arrest

FORT FRANCES – NEWS – During a routine RIDE program on November 27, 2023, the Fort Frances OPP made significant arrests for firearm-related offences. One Individual from Vaughn and two from Fort Frances were arrested and charged with weapon offences.

Discovery at Highway Checkpoint

The incident occurred at around 9:05 p.m. on Highway 11-71 at Highway 502 in Halkirk Township. A vehicle inspection led to the discovery of two loaded firearms and cannabis.

Arrests and Charges

Three individuals face numerous charges under the Criminal Code (CC) and the Cannabis Control Act, 2017:

Shaimaa Abou El Alla, 35, of Vaughn

  • Charged with possession of loaded prohibited or restricted firearms, careless storage, knowledge of unauthorized possession, transfer without authority, possession for a dangerous purpose, and more.

Chase Dustak, 24, of Fort Frances

  • Faces similar charges to El Alla, including possession of a prohibited device or ammunition.

Kassandra Kankkunen, 28, of Fort Frances

  • Along with firearm-related charges, Kankkunen is also accused of driving a vehicle with cannabis readily available.

Penalties Under Criminal Code

The Criminal Code of Canada imposes serious penalties for these offences. Possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm carries a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment for a first offence and a mandatory minimum sentence of three years. Careless storage of a firearm can result in up to two years in jail. Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm and transfer without authority can lead to sentences up to 10 years. Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose may result in imprisonment for up to 10 years, and possession of a prohibited device or ammunition can lead to a maximum of 5 years in prison.

Court Appearance and Public Assistance

The accused were held for bail and are scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice on November 28, 2023. The public is urged to contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 for information on illegal possession and trafficking of drugs and firearms. Anonymous tips can be made to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS).

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