Nepean traffic stop results in gun, drugs seized

NEPEAN – A Friday night (Jan. 4) traffic stop netted Ottawa police a pile of drugs and one gun.

“On the evening of Friday, Jan 3 the Ottawa Police Service OPS) Drug Unit, with assistance from members of Prevention and Intervention of Violence Ottawa (P.I.V.O.T.), arrested two men and a youth who were in possession of a firearm and drugs for sale,” the OPS released in a statement. “All three, from Ottawa, were arrested in a vehicle in the Merivale Road and Laperriere Avenue area.”

The oldest male was also bound by a previously issued firearm prohibition order.

Anthony Aust, 22 of Ottawa, Ben Gatwech, 18 of Ottawa and a 15-year-old male youth were arrested at the scene.

All three face the following charges:

  • 3 X Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in a Schedule I substance
  • Possess Loaded Regulated Firearm
  • Careless Storage of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to Public Peace
  • Possess Firearm Knowing Its Possession is Unauthorized
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
  • Unauthorized Possession of Prohibited Weapon
  • Possess Firearm Obtained by Crime
  • Possess Prohibited Weapon Knowing No Authority
  • Possess Proceeds Under $5,000

Ottawa police seized:

  • Fentanyl
  • Cocaine and crack cocaine
  • Currency
  • Taurus Millennium G2 PT140 – .40 caliber handgun – Loaded

Anyone with information on drug trafficking can speak to an investigator by calling 613-236-1222 ext. 5080. Anonymous information can also be provided through Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by downloading the Ottawa Police app.