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Old February 28th, 2007, 19:07   #32
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Location: Gatineau, Quebec (Near Ottawa)
Full text, even where to go to see the stuff seized and the trial. Is anyone local curious enough?
4300 Steeles is Pacific Mall, so it's not rocket science to figure out the rest.


Great work by officers working out of the York Regional Police #5 District Headquarters and the Guns and Gangs Intelligence Unit, in partnership with the Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit and investigators from the Canada Border Services Agency, has resulted in the seizure of 60 replica firearms from a retail store and two residences in the Town of Markham.

During the afternoon of Thursday, February 22, 2007, and into the early morning hours of Friday, February 23, 2007, investigators executed Criminal Code search warrants at two residences located on Prince Regent Street and Frisby Court and at a business located at 4300 Steeles Avenue East. The warrants were sought after information gained in an investigation revealed that replica firearms defined as prohibited devices by the Criminal Code, were being imported, possessed and sold at a Markham business. As a result, officers seized the 60 replica firearms including a variety of handguns and rifles of various makes and models.

CHARGED: Kwok Cheung PONG, 32, of Markham;� Kelvin CHEUNG, 29, of Markham; Yui Chung KWOK, 27, of Richmond Hill; CHARGES INCLUDE: Possession of a Prohibited Device, Unauthorized Transfer of a Prohibited Device, Import Unauthorized Prohibited Device.

All three accused have been released from custody and are scheduled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on March 30, 2007.

The Criminal Code of Canada defines a prohibited device as “any component or part of a weapon, or any accessory for use with a weapon, that is prescribed to be a prohibited device, a handgun barrel that is equal to or less than 105 mm in length, but does not include any such handgun barrel that is prescribed, where the handgun barrel is for use in international sporting competitions governed by the rules of the International Shooting Union, a device or contrivance designed or intended to muffle or stop the sound or report of a firearm, a cartridge magazine that is prescribed to be a prohibited device or a replica firearm.”

Members of the York Regional Police Guns and Gangs Intelligence Unit will be available to update media on the investigation and provide a display of the seized replica firearms at a press conference Thursday, March 1, 2007, at 2:30 p.m. at the #5 District Headquarters, located at 8700 McCowan Road in
the Town of Markham.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police Guns and Gangs Intelligence Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7847, Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS
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