Guns seized and two arrests made following a drug investigation in Oakville

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Published April 26, 2023 at 12:05 pm

The Halton Regional Police Service seized two handguns and arrested two individuals earlier this week, in connection to a lengthy drug investigation.

On Monday (Apr. 24) police stopped and arrested Julian Welsh in his vehicle in Mississauga.

Officers say a search warrant was then completed on his vehicle as well as two residences and a storage locker associated with the accused.

The following items were found and seized by the HRPS:

  • Two restricted handguns (both with tampered serial numbers)
  • Four (4) handgun magazines
  • 99 rounds of ammunition
  • Brass knuckles
  • Approximately 7.7 ounces of cocaine
  • Drug trafficking indicia (drug packaging, digital scale, cutting agents)
  • Nearly $10, 000 in CAN currency

Seized Items

Police have charged 31-year-old Julian Welsh of Mississauga with several firearm offences including:

  • Two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Two counts of tampering with a firearms serial number
  • Two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Unauthorized possession of a weapon (brass knuckles)

Julian Welsh was also charged with several drug related offences including:

  • Two counts of trafficking a controlled substance (cocaine)
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5000

As a result of the investigation, police say  31-year-old Natasha Furtado of Toronto was also arrested and  charged with the following offences:

  • Two counts of knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Two counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm
  • Two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Two counts of breach of firearms regulation
  • Two counts careless storage of a firearm, weapon, and ammunition
  • Two counts of tampering with a firearms serial number

Both the accused were held in custody and are pending a bail hearing.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the 2 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 905-825-4777 ext. 2216.

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