Gun confiscation in Sainte-Marie-de-Blandford |  JDM

Gun confiscation in Sainte-Marie-de-Blandford | JDM

A 57-year-old man was arrested in a police firearms incident in Sainte-Marie-de-Blandford, in Centre-du-Quebec, on Wednesday.

The search, conducted at a flat on rue des Bosquets and a car, led to the seizure of a loaded handgun, a homemade firearm, a shotgun and projectiles, ammunition, a crossbow and knives.

Arrested suspect Berthier Nolin, 57, from Ste-Marie-de-Blandford, appeared at the Trois-Rivières courthouse on Wednesday to face charges specifically of assault with a weapon. He remained in custody.

A firearm was also confiscated from him when he was arrested.

The operation, led by police officers from the Trois-Rivières Serious Crimes Investigation Team, followed an armed attack that took place in Sainte-Marie-de-Blandford on the afternoon of August 16, involving two people who know. The victim, a man in his 30s, was not injured.

The intervention was part of the CENTAURE provincial strategy, which has the mandate to “ensure constant pressure on organized crime and thus actively combat the trafficking of illegal firearms in Quebec”.