One of the guns seized, a semi-automatic SKS rifle, had been altered to include an aftermarket synthetic stock as well as a prohibited 21-round magazine. (West Shore RCMP)

Three firearms, hundreds of rounds of ammunition seized by West Shore RCMP

One semi-automatic rifle altered with aftermarket synthetic stock and prohibited 21-round magazine

While carrying out a weapons trafficking investigation in the West Shore area on March 2, the West Shore RCMP’s crime reduction unit seized three firearms as well as hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

The crime reduction unit – whose mandate is to target drug dealers and prolific offenders on the West Shore – identified a man believed to be attempting to trade a firearm or firearms for street drugs.

The investigation led them to execute a search warrant at a residence in Langford where three firearms, as well as hundreds of rounds of ammunition, were seized. All firearms and ammunition where stored in an unsafe manner contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.

ALSO READ: West Shore RCMP seize 14 grams of suspected opioid in Langford

One of the guns, a semi-automatic SKS rifle, had been altered to include an aftermarket synthetic stock as well as a prohibited 21-round magazine.

“This seizure of firearms and ammunition is a direct result of street-level drug trafficking. The dangers of drug trafficking effect all communities in the Victoria area,” said Const. David MacDonald, a member of the unit. “The West Shore crime reduction unit will continue to aggressively investigate drug traffickers.”

ALSO READ: West Shore RCMP undertaking 17 child porn investigations

Const. Nancy Saggar of West Shore RCMP said at this point, police do not have any information to suggest that there was any particular gang involved.

“Any time that you’re going to have an addictions-related issue and there’s drugs that are involved there’s always the possibility that maybe gangs are there as well,” Saggar said.

There is nothing to indicate that the weapons are illegal, Saggar said, but she noted there is always the possibility that police will continue to uncover information that will lead to other investigations.

“Especially in this type of a scenario the potential is there to uncover further evidence that’s going to lead somewhere else,” Saggar said.

The suspect in the investigation is a 25-year-old male and resident of Langford.

“This individual had a level of addiction that was so high, he no longer had money to be able to buy drugs so he was now trading goods,” Saggar said. “The fact it had been altered, that there was a 21-round magazine that was now attached to this particular rifle makes it quite dangerous.”

The investigation is ongoing with evidence remaining to be examined.

A report recommending charges of weapons trafficking and unsafe storage of a firearm will be forwarded to Provincial Court at a later date.


 

keri.coles@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Coastline serves up a feast of fiddlers in Oak Bay

Local Juno Award winner musical director for ensemble

Police stay quiet on downtown fire investigation

The fire at Victoria’s Plaza Hotel was deemed suspicious on May 14

Langford trucks vandalized for third time in five months

Staff member spends weekend washing after six trucks hit with graffiti

Former Saanich councillor joins Cordova Bay community association board

Leif Wergeland served on Saanich council for 22 years before retiring from politics in 2018

Police arrest jewelry thieves in same building they allegedly stole from

More than $6,000 worth of jewelry was recovered

POLL: Were you satisfied with the Game of Thrones series finale?

Millions gathered in front of their televisions Sunday night to watch the… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of May 21

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

RCMP probe if teen was intentionally hit with ski pole by mystery skier on B.C. mountain

The incident happened on March 20 on Grouse Mountain. Police are urging witnesses to come forward

B.C. firefighters rescue frozen dog from ice

The fire crew found a dog stuck in the at Lake Paul on May 20

Most British Columbians agree the ‘big one’ is coming, but only 50% are prepared

Only 46 per cent of British Columbians have prepared an emergency kit with supplies they might need

B.C. man to pay Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party $20k over lawsuit

Federal judge shut down Satinder Dhillon’s ‘nonsensical’ motion to bar use of PPC name in byelection

RCMP searching for missing Vancouver Island teenager

16-year-old Lasheena Seward was reported missing from a group home in Port Alberni

Sitting and sleeping on downtown sidewalks could net $100 fine in Penticton

The measure, which still requires final approval, would be enforced between May and Sept. 30

Most Read