Whitby man among three charged in Markham drug bust

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Published January 16, 2023 at 2:46 pm

A man from Whitby is among three people arrested in Markham after police claim they discovered drugs and a gun in a car.

York Regional Police said their officers were out at a gas station near Major Mackenzie Dr. and Markland Rd. around 8 p.m. on January 12.

At that time, one of the officers spotted what they suspected to be a drug sale. The cops approached the involved car and spoke to the occupants.

The officers said they noticed evidence of cannabis use in the car and used that as probable cause to search it. Inside they claim to have found cocaine, cannabis and a loaded pistol.  As a result, all three people in the vehicle were arrested.

Omari Mustafa Haneef-Jabari, 32 of Whitby, Kyle Douglas, 34, of British Columbia, and Michael Smalling, 33 of Richmond Hill, face several charges including;

  • possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm
  • possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized
  • unauthorized possession of a firearm in a car
  • transporting a firearm carelessly
  • unauthorized possession of a prohibited device or ammunition
  • possession of a weapon
  • possession of cocaine
  • care and control of a vehicle with cannabis readily available

Anyone with information can call police at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7541, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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