Guns And Drugs Seized In Chatham

( file photo by Dave Richie)

Chatham-Kent police seized a rifle, hand gun and drugs after an officer spotted a suspected drug deal in the downtown Chatham area.

Police say an officer spotted a man with a backpack on Park St. and Princess St. yesterday afternoon. He was watched by the officer making what is being called a “suspicious hand to hand transaction with another man.”

The officer stopped the suspect and then searched his backpack, where he allegedly found a 9mm handgun, a sawed off .22 calibre rifle, ammunition, marijuana and other drug paraphernalia.

The 32-year-old old Chatham man faces a total of 26 weapons related charges and one count of possession for the purpose of trafficking.

His name has not been released.

He remains in police custody as he awaits a bail hearing.