Handgun found during Highway 401 traffic stop

In this picture from the O.P.P. East Region Twitter account, officers found a loaded handgun hidden in the console of a vehicle on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019 during a traffic stop near Brockville, Ont. The picture was shared on Twitter on Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019. A 20-year-old Scarborough man is charged. (@OPP_ER via Newswatch Group)

BROCKVILLE – Provincial police found a handgun Saturday night (Nov. 23) after they stopped a speeding vehicle on Highway 401, west of Brockville.

The O.P.P. East Region showed off the loaded handgun on Twitter Tuesday night. An officer had found it hidden in the vehicle’s console during a stop in Leeds and Thousand Islands Township.

The initial tweet, which was deleted, said the traffic stop led Leeds County O.P.P. and other officers to the recovery of two stolen vehicles. The replacement tweet deleted the reference to the recovery of the stolen vehicles.

A 20-year-old Scarborough, Ont. is facing a “long list of charges,” the O.P.P. said. They include possession of a dangerous weapon, unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon, careless storage of a firearm and possession of a loaded prohibited firearm. He also faces two automobile insurance charges.

Editor’s note: Story has been updated with charges. Clarifies that gun was found Saturday night. Police shared on Twitter Tuesday night.