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Police turn up gun and drugs in Centretown collision investigation

Two people have been arrested and charged.
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Ottawa police cruiser, January 12, 2019. Mike Vlasveld/ OttawaMatters

Ottawa police are charging two men after showing up to a crash on Catherine Street at Metcalfe Street.

An off-duty police officer saw the collision on Saturday, January 19, at 9:30 p.m. 

There were minor injuries, so the officer called 911.

When other officers arrived, they questioned the drivers and one became non-cooperative, refusing to identify himself. He was then placed under arrest.

A loaded .22-caliber handgun was found on him, as well as cocaine and $1,000 in Canadian currency.  

His passenger was also arrested.

The driver, Daniel Ofori, 26, of Brantford, is charged with:

- Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle
- Obstruct peace officer
- Carry firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition
- Possession of a weapon
- Carrying a concealed weapon
- Unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm
- Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle
- Fail to comply with a recognizance (2 counts)
- Fail to comply with a probation order (2 counts)

The passenger, Joshua William Black, 20, of Ottawa, is charged with:

- Careless use of firearm, weapon, prohibited device or ammunition
- Possession of a weapon
- Carrying a concealed weapon
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm
- Possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle
- Possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm

Both were in court on Sunday, January 20.

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