Durham Regional Police showed once again they are an integral member of the Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit (PWEU) after a large amount of weapons were seized from a Bancroft-area residence.
Two people are now facing more than 600 charges following the joint forces investigation that led to the seizure of 67 guns, as well as landmines, grenades and even a small cannon.
On the morning of March 7, 2013, the PWEU, with the assistance of DRPS, the OPP Central Region Tactics and Rescue Unit (TRU), OPP East Region officers and Crime Unit, executed a search warrant on Spooks Bay Lane in Bancroft. Inside the residence, officers found two hidden compartments built into the walls of the house that were used to hide a large cache of illegal firearms and ammunition.
Officers also searched a garage on the property and found machining equipment which was seized under asset forfeiture legislation, along with additional illegal, converted and altered weapons, silencers, prohibited magazines, "homemade" manufactured assault rifles and pistols with no serial numbers, and firearms with the serial numbers removed. In total, 67 illegal firearms were seized and removed from the property. Included among these weapons were machine guns, conductive energy weapon (Taser), crossbows, "zip" guns, a fully automatic shotgun, a 32-inch long cannon and tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition.
Also found and seized by the PWEU were numerous explosives and detonating devices including anti-personnel land mines, grenades, detonator cords and blasting caps. These were safely recovered with the assistance of TRU and the Department of National Defense.
Police have charged 55-year-old David Alan KIFT with multiple counts of weapons-related offences including illegal possession, alteration, and manufacturing prohibited and restricted firearms, illegal possession of ammunition and explosives, illegal possession of prohibited devices and breach of parole conditions. He has been remanded into federal custody due to violating parole conditions.
Also charged with multiple counts of similar offences is 53-year-old Marion KIFT of Bancroft. She has been released with conditions following a bail hearing.
The Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit (PWEU) is made up of ten (10) police agencies, including Durham Regional Police Service, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) and the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).
The goal of the PWEU is to take enforcement action against persons involved in the illegal movement of firearms, ammunition and explosives. This includes the offenses of smuggling, trafficking and possession of "crime guns" to reduce the flow of illegal weapons being made available to dangerous criminals in Ontario.
PWEU is part of the OPP Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau (OCEB) which engages in proactive, multi-jurisdiction investigations targeting organized crime groups and criminality in Ontario.
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Insp. Lessard and Det. Insp. Dobbin, Manager of the PWEU (JPG file, 274.3K bytes)
Insp. Lessard Being Interviewed by Media (JPG file, 197.4K bytes)
Media Look at Table of Guns Seized (JPG file, 211.4K bytes)
Press Conference Attracted Lots of Media Outlets (JPG file, 161.6K bytes)