Weapons printed in 3D would have been used in a crime in Canada
The owner of a restaurant accused of helping an alleged hit man during the murder of a former motorcyclist would have used a 3D printer to make firearms at his home in Terrebonne.
This is the hypothesis put forward by the Montreal police (SPVM) after seizing an arsenal and a three-dimensional printer in the Giovanni Presta bungalow, according to local press.
It would be the first time in Canada that an investigation of a murder leads to such a discovery.
The 33-year-old man, who has been detained for two months, is accused of premeditated murder, fabrication and illegal possession of weapons and possession of drugs for the purpose of smuggling.
On the afternoon of December 20, 2018, Sébastien Beauchamps was shot dead near a service station in the Saint-Léonard neighborhood.
The alleged hit man, Frédérick Silva, is suspected of having fired several projectiles at the victim and of having reached vehicles occupied by innocent citizens during the shootings, filmed by surveillance cameras.
However, there are no charges, since the armed man “wore a mask” and could not be identified by other means of investigation. The masked gunman abandoned three pistols, one of which is seen on the floor near a roll of orange police tape.
However, “the totality of the evidence leads to the conclusion that Giovanni Presta Junior is the driver of the vehicle used for the murder,” the police alleged before the judge.
Three weapons with a silencer were thrown at the crime scene
Including a Cobray gun identical to one of the 12 firearms found in the old Terrebonne bar.
The police found the 3D printer of Giovanni Presta Jr. behind the kitchen of the house.
The famous 3D printer was “behind the kitchen” and was used to “manufacture” accessories and firearms, according to court documents.
A hand-made gun was hidden on a wall behind a closet.
In particular, the police found 13 “pieces of black plastic gun”, a pistol and a plastic charger, all of which could have been reproduced with this technology (3D printing). To find out, the police await the results of the printer’s memory card contents analysis.
The shed contained a “machine shop and storage of materials used to manufacture forbidden devices, such as silencers”.
They also seized documents that showed how to make a machine gun and a pistol.
Also, a cache of weapons was seized on the wall of a bathroom in the basement, behind a removable cabinet. It contained “a hand-made black P80 pistol with a gray muffler”, three empty magazines, a license plate and GPS labels that could have been used to track Beauchamps’ real-time movements.
Presta also had rubber masks, “face and hair,” according to the police, identical to those that were seized in the apartment in which Frédérick Silva lived in Old Montreal when he was also arrested on February 23.
A Presta fingerprint was found in the packaging of one of the masks found at Silva on Duke Street. Presta’s wife, Sonia Langlais, is also charged with possession of weapons and drugs found in her home, worth $ 251,000.
Considered an “offensive property”, the house could be delivered to the state in the event of guilty verdicts against the couple.
Between 2007 and 2016, Presta directed Projection SEXXXTASS, a company specialized in the “distribution of exotic films online,” according to the Police.
Canadian police seized the following material:
- 1 3D printer
- 13 pieces of homemade weapons, a magazine and a cannon can be made thanks to the 3D printer
- 6 pistols, one of them homemade.
- 5 metal muffler
- 5 rifles
- (1) 9 mm Kel-Tec machine gun.
- 9 loaders
- Explanatory documents of how to make a machine gun and a pistol.
- 7 GPS tags potentially used to track the movements of selected individuals.
- 4 rubber masks
- 1054 g of cannabis.
- 5 mobile phones.
- 4 laptops
- 1 handmade american fist
- 111 g of methamphetamine