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Sydney Mines man faces impaired and firearms charges, Dingwall, N.S.

Ingonish Beach RCMP charged a 29-year-old Sydney Mines man with 25 Criminal Code charges.

On November 2nd, 2014, at approximately 2:00 p.m., Ingonish Beach RCMP stopped a truck for a Motor Vehicle Act infraction in the Dingwall area.

The driver, Leonard Joseph Groves, was the sole occupant and was arrested for impaired driving by alcohol and drugs.

Further investigation found Groves to be breaching conditions of his house arrest. During the arrest, evidence of additional crimes were located which led to a search warrant being obtained for the vehicle. The search located a .22 caliber rifle and ammunition, a prohibited weapon (butterfly knife), a small quantity of a codeine pills, and drug use paraphernalia.

RCMP charged Groves with the following:

Impaired Operation of a Motor Vehicle by Drug;
Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm/Prohibited Weapon x 2;
Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm x 2;
Unsafe Storage of a Firearm or Prohibited Weapon x 3 ;
Possession of a Weapon for Dangerous Purpose x 2;
Possession of a Firearm Obtained by Crime
Possession of a Firearm or Prohibited Weapon in a Motor Vehicle x 2;
Possession of a Firearm Knowing Serial Number has been Removed;
Possession of a Firearm or Prohibited Weapon while Prohibited x 6;
Possession of a Concealed Weapon;
Failing to Comply with a Recognizance x 4.

Groves has been remanded into custody and will appear in Sydney Provincial Court November 6th, 2014.

The RCMP is committed to keeping our communities safe, however we require the assistance of the public to prevent crime in our communities. If the public has any information on this incident or information on other crimes, please contact any RCMP Detachment, local police or Nova Scotia Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or by a Secure Web Tips at www.crimesstoppers.ns.ca. Calls to Crime Stoppers are not taped or traced and if police make an arrest and lay charges based on a tip, callers qualify for a cash award.

Source: Release

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