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Toronto man charged after loaded handgun, cocaine seized during traffic stop

A vehicle allegedly speeding on Liverpool Road in Pickering led to the seizure of a loaded handgun and a quantity of cocaine.

On Monday (Aug. 17) at approximately 6 p.m., a Durham Regional Police officer conducted a traffic stop on a speeding vehicle on Liverpool Road at the 401 overpass. During the traffic stop, police the driver was also investigated under the Cannabis Act and subsequently found to be in possession of a loaded 9mm Glock with an over capacity magazine, 12.1 grams of cocaine, a digital weigh scale, multiple clear plastic baggies and $635 in cash.

Tristan Armstrong, 21, of Toronto is facing 10 charges, including: Careless Storage of Prohibited Firearm; Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Firearm; Possession of a Prohibited Device (over capacity magazine); Speeding; and Possession of a Schedule I Substance (cocaine). He was held for a bail hearing.

Anyone with new information about this investigation is asked to contact Cst. Matkar of West Division at 1-888-579-1520 ext. 2198.

Anonymous information can be sent to Durham Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at and tipsters may be eligible for a $2,000 cash reward.

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