S.T.E.P Lay Charges For Drug and Firearm Offences

Posted On Monday September 26, 2022

Region of Peel – Investigators from the Specialized Enforcement Bureau - Strategic Tactical Enforcement Policing (S.T.E.P) team arrested and charged a 36-year-old man from Whitby and a 34-year-old woman from Toronto with firearm and drug-related offences. 

On Saturday, September 17, 2022, at approximately 10:35 p.m., S.T.E.P officers were conducting directed patrol in the area of Edwards Blvd and Derry Road East in Mississauga.  While the officers were on foot patrol, officers from S.T.E.P located two individuals in a motor vehicle allegedly smoking marihuana.  The occupants were investigated, and as a result, a loaded Ruger 9mm semi-automatic handgun was seized, and both parties were arrested.

Darryl Graham, a 36-year-old man from Whitby, is charged with the following offences:

 

•           Unauthorized possession of a firearm

•           Unauthorized possession of a loaded or restricted firearm

•           Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm

•           Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle

•           Possession of a firearm contrary to order

•           Have care or control of vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available 

Darryl Graham was held for a bail hearing and attended the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton on September 18, 2022.  

 

Nicole MacNeil, a 34-year-old woman from Toronto, is charged with the following offences:

 

•           Unauthorized possession of a firearm

•           Unauthorized possession of a loaded or restricted firearm

•           Knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm

•           Unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle

 

Nicole MacNeil was released on an Undertaking with a future court date.

The Peel Regional Police (PRP) Strategic & Tactical Enforcement Policing (STEP) initiative has been operational since 2007, with funding support from the provincial government. In April, 2022, PRP received a further financial commitment of $1.5 million over three years from the province through the Gun and Gang strategy to enhance public safety by reducing gun and gang activity within the cities of Mississauga and Brampton.

Addressing gun and gang violence is a priority issue of the PRP STEP initiative. This dedicated unit of officers’ primary focus is preventative measures, intelligence gathering, investigations and enforcement of gun, gang and drug offences.

STEP officers deploy in geographical areas that have the highest statistical concentration of gang, firearm and drug activity throughout the Region of Peel, conducting proactive patrols to enhance police visibility and assist with community safety and wellbeing. This approach identifies enforcement opportunities, promotes gang suppression and creates meaningful partnerships with community members.

“Despite being bound by a total of seven different firearm prohibition orders, the accused Darryl Graham has once again been charged with unlawfully possessing a firearm, which poses a significant risk to our community. Our service is committed to keep ensuring that individuals found in possession of illegal firearms are held accountable. I am very pleased with the efforts here, which resulted in one more handgun being removed from our streets,” said Nick Milinovich, Deputy Chief of Investigative & Emergency Services Command, Peel Regional Police.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact investigators with the Specialized Enforcement Bureau – STEP Team at (905) 453-2121 ext 3515. Information may also be left anonymously by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by visiting peelcrimestoppers.ca.

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N/R: 22-261

Occurrence: PR220308889

 

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