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Paramedics contact police after finding gun on emergency call

Paramedics find gun on person while responding to a call for a medical emergency, leading to their arrest, the arrest of a 51-year-old Sudbury woman and the seizure of $44,000 in illegals drugs

A call to paramedics for a medical emergency led to the arrest of two people and the seizure of a loaded handgun and some $44,000 worth of illegal drugs, Greater Sudbury Police said in a news release today.

Shortly after 4:15 p.m. on March 29, GSPS officers were dispatched to a residential unit on Bruce Avenue for a  weapons complaint. 

“Information provided was that Greater Sudbury Paramedics had attended the unit for an individual who had suffered a medical emergency,” police said in a news release. “Upon entering the unit, paramedics located the individual and while they were providing medical assistance, they located a firearm on the person. Paramedics exited the unit and contacted police.”

After arriving and clearing the unit, officers entered and located the person needing medical attention, as well as a handgun, which was loaded, police said.

After being treated by paramedics, the man, a 27-year-old from southern Ontario, was arrested and charged with:

  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon 
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm  
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm 
  • Possession of a Prohibited or Restricted Firearm with Ammunition  
  • Possession of a Prohibited Device or Ammunition  

GSPS also said that while officers were in the residential unit, they found what police described as a “substantial quantity of illicit drugs” sitting in plain sight. As a result, the 27-year-old was also charged with Possession of Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking.

“ It was also determined that the individual was wanted on an outstanding bench warrant in Southern Ontario as he had failed to appear in court in relation to a Mischief Under $5,000 incident,” GSPS said. 

The man was held in custody overnight and attended Weekend and Statutory Holiday (WASH) court on March 30 to  answer to the charges. 

Detectives from the GSPS Major Crime Section were granted a search warrant for the residential unit. That warrant was executed March 30. 

GSPS said the search yielded close to 122 grams of suspected Fentanyl, worth approximately $36,570, and more than 74 grams of what is believed to be cocaine, worth approximately $7,420. Police also seized close to $4,000 in cash. 

As the result of the search warrant, police arrested a 51-year-old Sudbury woman. She is charged with 

  • Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 
  • Possession of a Schedule I Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking x2 

She was released on an undertaking with a court date of May 1 to answer to the charges. Her name is not being  released by police at this time as the information has not yet been sworn to through the court process.