A young man who got caught with a gun in the trunk of his car, then later got caught with cocaine in the same vehicle, has been fined for both offences.
Guns and drugs make for a potentially dangerous mix, Crown attorney Grant Hughes remarked during sentencing.
“Those often lead to a deadly combination,” Hughes said in Brandon provincial court on Thursday.
Hughes said that on Aug. 9, around 3:50 a.m., a witness called police to tell them that a black car had pulled up to a Garwood Drive home and one of the residents had threatened to shoot someone.
Another witness said they’d seen one of the people in the car stick a gun out the back window and cock it before the car took off.
Police couldn’t find the vehicle at the time.
However, about 12 hours later, police got another call from one of the same witnesses.
He said the car in question, and two of the same males involved in the original incident, were at the 7-Eleven on 10th Street. The witness provided the car’s licence number to police.
They learned that Daeglen Justin Angus-Mazawasicuna, 18, was the registered owner of the car, which they pulled over about six hours later after they spotted it in the 500-block of Park Avenue.
Four males were in the vehicle and Angus-Mazawasicuna, the driver, said he had nothing to hide and opened the trunk.
In the trunk was a backpack that contained a ski mask and a sawed-off .22-calibre rifle that resembled a large handgun. Also in the bag was a single .22-calibre shell.
Defence lawyer Patrick Sullivan said the gun belonged to a friend of Angus-Mazawasicuna. It was left in the car when Angus-Mazawasicuna picked his buddy up for a beer run.
While Angus-Mazawasicuna was aware that his friend had the gun with him, he thought it had been removed by the time police stopped the car. That’s why he agreed to the search.
Angus-Mazawasicuna was released on bail after that incident, then got caught driving when he was supposed to be at home on a curfew.
He was carrying a baggy and a rolled $5 bill contaminated with cocaine. Another bag inside the car also held a small amount of cocaine.
Angus-Mazawasicuna pleaded guilty to unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon in a vehicle, possession of cocaine and breach of bail.
He was fined a total of $600 and put on probation for a year.
Three other accused were charged in relation to the gun incident. The status of their charges wasn’t immediately available on Thursday.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 29, 2014