Port Alberni RCMP seize guns, ammunition and explosives

Port Alberni,
Groupe provincial de l'enlèvement des explosifs

2024-03-27 15:57 HAP

Dossier nº 2024-2642

Under the Official Languages Act, this office provides services to the public in English only. You will find general information in both official languages at bc.rcmp.ca and www.rcmp.ca

Aux termes de la Loi sur les langues officielles, ce bureau n'offre des services au public qu'en anglais. Vous trouverez des renseignements généraux dans les deux langues officielles au cb.grc.ca et www.grc.ca.

a large number of guns sit on a table infront of a a podium and flags

On March 25, 2024 Front Line officers with Port Alberni RCMP responded to a 911 call at a residence in the 4800 block of Burde Street.

Officers entered the residence to check the well being of a woman, at which time they observed a large number of prohibited and restricted firearms and a significant amount of ammunition.

Front line officers in conjunction with the Port Alberni Major Crime and Crime Reduction Units obtained a search warrant for the residence which was conducted on March 26, 2024. During the search officers located more firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition, as well as home made explosive devices and chemicals used in the production of explosives.

An RCMP vehicle and a fire truck infront of a house with smoke coming out of the front

The RCMP’s Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) was called in from the mainland and shortly after 1:30 PM on Wednesday March 27, 2024, completed a controlled detonation at the residence.

Some of the items officers located in the residence were to unstable to be safely moved to another location, stated Constable Richard Johns. EDU made the decision that the safest option was to complete the controlled detonation at the residence.

48 year old Joseph Walczak has been charged with Failing to comply with release order and possession of a loaded prohibited firearm. Further charges are expected to be sworn in the following days. Walczak has been remanded in custody with a court date scheduled for March 28, 2024.

Although our investigation is on going we do not believe there is any risk to the public at this point.


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