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Kamloops traffic stop leads to four arrests for illegal guns, drug trafficking


Several people are facing charges after a traffic stop ended with Kamloops Mounties raiding a home early Friday.

Around 1 a.m., the RCMP's Emergency Response Team searched a Linden Avenue home, seizing trafficking quantities of suspected controlled substances. 

Two women, aged 35 and 33, were arrested at the home, which was previously known to police. A man was detained at the scene and released. 

Police say they decided to pursue a search warrant at the home after a traffic stop earlier the night before led to the discovery of drugs and a cache of weapons, including a handgun with a silencer, an assault rifle and a rifle. A 32-year-old Kamloops man and a 31-year-old Blackpool man were arrested.

"When we pursue suspects who are known to be armed, specialized support is regularly used to ensure we give ourselves the highest possibility of a peaceful outcome," said ERT Staff Sgt. Simon Pillay in a release. "The mandate of the ERT is to assist in the successful resolution of dangerous situations, thereby enhancing public safety.

RCMP bustPolice sirens light up Linden Ave. during last night's bust. (via contributed)

"This residence had previously been identified as a suspected location for drug trafficking activities and had been under investigation. Once it became clear that they were also using firearms, they made themselves our priority target."

The investigation is ongoing.

Kamloops RCMP asks anyone with information regarding illegal firearms, drug trafficking or related violence to contact them at 250-828-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). 


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