Gatineau man facing 20 charges
Arrest related to 3D firearm printing part of Qc arms reduction task force
An operation conducted by the Gatineau Police and the Sûreté du Québec led to the arrest of an individual identified as Tobie Laurin-Lépine. The arrest came after an information tip that led to the discovery of a firearm workshop as well as parts and tools used to make a 3D printed FGC-9 semi-automatic rifle. The printing operation was in the house of the 34-year-old man, living on Hetu Street in Gatineau.
“Based on the initial elements found in the suspect's home, there is a clear indication that the suspect was planning on making firearms,” said the Sûreté du Québec’ spokesperson, after the suspect's arrest.
19 more charges were added to Laurin-Lépine’s case at Friday's court hearing, making them 20 in total. The suspect, who describes himself as a former federal government employee on his Facebook account, had a clean criminal record according to police, retaining him in detention for further investigation.
The arrest was part of the “CENTAURE Strategy”, recently announced by Quebec Public Safety Minister, Geneviève Guilbault, that aims at neutralizing arms trafficking and organized crime in the province. CENTAURE is composed of different law enforcement agencies such as the Ontario Provincial Police, the RCMP, First Nations Chiefs of Police Association and the US Department of Homeland Security.
For any information tip, CENTAURE can be reached out at their confidential telephone line 1-833-888-ARME (2763).
Photo: Laurin-Lépine is facing 20 charges related to 3D firearm printing in Gatineau. Photo: Tobie Laurin-Lépine’s Facebook page