Police recover stolen firearm during traffic stop
2023-06-05 08:21 PDT
File # 2023-502
On Thursday, May 20, 2023 Masset RCMP were conducting a road safety check on Highway 16 south of Masset, as part of a national campaign targeting impaired drivers.
During this road check, police encountered a vehicle and passengers where violations of the Liquor Control and Licensing Act were observed. The driver displayed signs of impairment and was detained for impaired driving.
Four people were arrested with one man held in custody for failing to comply with a current court order. The driver of the vehicle was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition and the vehicle impounded under the Motor vehicle Act.
During the initial investigation, police located a loaded handgun, later confirmed stolen from another province, well within reach of the occupants in the vehicle.
The individuals involved are associated to the local drug trade in Haida Gwaii and the presence of the firearm quickly elevated the potential for danger for all involved, said Cpl. Evan Hobbs, Masset RCMP. The Masset RCMP continue to take proactive enforcement efforts in our commitment to making the community and highways safe for all.
Masset RCMP encourage anyone to report suspicious activity to the police. The file remains under investigation and further charges may result.
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