Woman charged after traffic stop in Barrie turns up drugs, semi-automatic rifle, police say

Police allege officers seized an unloaded, semi-automatic Savage 64 LR 22 (.22 calibre) rifle during a traffic stop in Barrie, Ont., on Sun., Sept. 5, 2021. (Barrie Police Services)

A driver faces multiple charges after police say they found drugs, a semi-automatic gun and open alcohol inside a vehicle during a traffic stop in Barrie.

According to police, the 31-year-old woman was driving a vehicle that was missing its licence plates without consent from the owner in the area of Park and High streets on Sunday.

Police say the woman was arrested, and officers discovered she was wanted by Huronia West OPP and Barrie police for two outstanding bench warrants.

Barrie police allege a search of the vehicle turned up cocaine, methamphetamine, and an unloaded semi-automatic rifle that they say was resting on the passenger seat.

Police say there was also an open bottle of wine and an unsealed bottle of scotch whiskey that were "readily available to the driver."

Police charged the woman with 14 offences, including unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, and driving while under suspension, among others.