Man arrested after handgun and drugs found in vehicle

By Vanessa Ybarra
December 24, 2017 - 8:34am

KAMLOOPS — A man is in custody after a handgun, drugs, and cash were found in his vehicle.

Kamloops RCMP Cst. Mike Scherpenisse says police were conducting a road block near 2nd Avenue and Victoria Street just after 12:30am Saturday when a man who came through told police he didn't have a drivers license.

Police discovered the man was prohibited from driving and began to arrest him on scene.

While arresting him an officer noticed a small bag with a 'powder substance' in the man's vehicle which led to police further searching the car and finding a semi-automatic handgun, drugs and cash.

The handgun had been reported as stolen.

Scherpenisse says the 32-year-old, who is known to police and not from the Kamloops area, has a lengthy criminal record.

RCMP will be recommending several new charges including possession of a loaded restricted firearm, possession of a firearm contrary to a prohibition, possession of stolen property, driving while prohibited as well as drug charges.

His vehicle was impounded for seven days and the investigation is ongoing.

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