Police discover weapons workshop

A Gatineau conspirator who made weapons using a 3D printer in his kitchen gave the police a hard time on Wednesday, as they spent the day dismantling his makeshift workshop.

Tobie Laurin Lépine was arrested Wednesday morning in his three and a half on rue Hétu by investigators from the Sûreté du Québec (SQ) and the Gatineau police.

The 34-year-old has appeared at the courthouse to answer charges of trafficking and manufacturing weapons.

Sporting a big, tousled beard and a ponytail, the former federal official was confused and asked the judge several questions about the rest of the proceedings. It was indeed his first time in court, since he has no criminal record.


Tobie Laurin Lépine spent the night in prison on Wednesday.

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Tobie Laurin Lépine spent the night in prison on Wednesday.

Several more charges will be laid against him in the coming days because of the items that were found throughout the day in his apartment, the crown prosecutor said during the appearance.

Astonished, Lépine simply replied “ah, OK”, before continuing to stare at the ground.

He will remain in the Hull detention center pending his release investigation, scheduled for the next few days.

Rifle on display

The operation is part of the CENTAURE strategy, which fights gun crime in Quebec. Investigators spent many hours analyzing Lépine’s workshop, which he had set up right in his kitchen.


Investigators from the Sûreté du Québec and the Gatineau police combed his apartment on Wednesday.

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Investigators from the Sûreté du Québec and the Gatineau police combed his apartment on Wednesday.

On the spot, The newspaper was able to see all kinds of tools through the window including a drill press, grinder, spanner wrenches, pliers, vise and circular saw blade. An image of an FGC-9 type semi-automatic rifle was visible on one of the computer screens. This is a model specially designed to be made yourself using a 3D printer and whose instruction manual is easily downloadable online.

Les Farfadaas

On his social networks, the individual does not hide his hatred towards the Quebec government and health measures. He also seems to identify with the conspiratorial and radical group of the “Farfadaas”.

Since leaving his position as an audiovisual technician at Public Services and Procurement Canada in 2016, he has not found a new job.

According to our information, he was unofficially repairing electronic devices in his workshop. In 2018, Tobie Laurin Lépine also lost his house after having accumulated a default of more than $ 20,000 with his bank.

–With Guillaume St-Pierre and Philippe Langlois

► All information related to the possession, trafficking or use of firearms can be communicated to the CENTAURE information line at 1-833-888-ARME (2763)

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