ATIKOKAN – An Atikokan resident is facing charges following several search warrants earlier this month.
According to an Atikokan OPP release, OPP officers, Organized Crime Enforcement Bureau, Provincial Operations Intelligence Bureau, Fort Frances Community Street Crime Unit and North West Region Emergency Response Team executed several search warrants on Dec. 2 at residences in the community of Atikokan and on Highway 11
Through occurrences in October and November of 2021 the OPP recovered several restricted firearms registered to an Atikokan resident.
Police say an investigation into firearms trafficking was initiated.
As a result of this ongoing investigation, on Dec. 2, 2021 four search warrants were executed at locations in the town of Atikokan and on Highway 11.
As a result of the warrants several items were seized including, multiple firearm magazines, ammunition, gun cases for handguns, computers, cell phones, firearm registration/ financial documents and one non-restricted firearm.
Nicola RACCIOPPI, 43, from Atikokan was arrested and charged with the following offences trafficking a restricted firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon, five counts of failure to report a lost or stolen restricted firearm and possession of counterfeit money.
The accused was remanded into custody pending a bail hearing.