Search warrants conducted at two Scarborough residences on July 31 allegedly unearthed a gym bag with two high-powered assault rifles, a sawed-off shotgun, a loaded pistol and a 50-round drum magazine.
At a media conference on August 5, Detective Eric Goldsmith –in charge of 42 Division’s Major Crime Unit – said the weapons and ammunition were found during a firearms-related investigation.
Two men, not licensed to hold firearms and known to police, were arrested.
The SKS rifles, one of which had a bayonet, are old Russian military weapons that shoot high-powered 7.62 rounds.
“This is very scary,” said Goldsmith. “These rifles would make light work of any police body armour.”
The sawed-off shotgun is prohibited in Canada.
This allows an individual to shoot 50 rounds. I have never seen anything like this in my 20 years here. Anything over 10 rounds is prohibited in Canada.
“This was also scary because it was cut down,” said Goldsmith, while pointing to the seized gun. “The only reason that was done was to conceal it and carry it around. The risk to public safety here is obviously huge. People cannot be walking around our streets with this kind of weaponry.”
A 50-round drum magazine that fits into the loaded nine-millimetre Glock was also seized.
“This allows an individual to shoot 50 rounds,” Goldsmith pointed out. “I have never seen anything like this in my 20 years here. Anything over 10 rounds is prohibited in Canada.”
Goldsmith said the weapons will be sent the Service’s Integrated Gun and Gang Task Force and Centre of Forensic Sciences to be tested.
“That will tell us if they were used in any other crime before,” he said. “…This is very terrifying weaponry for people to have on the streets of Toronto.”
The men, who were arrested in the Markham Rd. and Eglinton Ave. E. area, face numerous firearm charges.