District men face firearms charges

the OPP

In November, the Treaty #3 Police Service, with the assistance of the OPP’s Provincial Weapons Enforcement Unit, initiated an investigation aimed at identifying individuals involved in the unlawful possession and transfer of firearms in Northwestern Ontario.
As a result of an extensive four-month investigation, four individuals have been charged with a variety of firearms offences.
Police expect further charges to be announced in the coming days.
William James McGinnis, 49, of Manitou Rapids was charged with trafficking in a firearm and transferring a firearm without authority.
Jeffrey Scott Brown, 39, of Barwick was charged with transferring a firearm without authority while John Danard, 48, of Manitou Rapids was charged with knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm.
William Donovan Jourdain, 34, of Couchiching was charged with knowledge of unauthorized possession of a firearm, trafficking in a firearm, and transferring a firearm without authority
Jourdain and Danard were being held in custody pending a bail hearing yesterday.
Brown and McGinnis have been released, and will appear in court in Fort Frances on April 26.
The Combined Forces Organized Crime Unit consists of members from the Thunder Bay Police Service, the OPP’s Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, the RCMP, The Nishnawbe-Aski Police Service, the Treaty #3 Police Service, and the Anishinabek Police Service.