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Duncan man arrested after guns and ammo found in two city homes Thursday
A Duncan man was arrested Thursday after special forces and local police raided an Upland Avenue home and a place on Hawkes Boulevard and seized a small arsenal of guns and ammo.
The 32-year old Duncan resident has a criminal record for violence and property crime-related offences, Cpl. Jon Stuart of the North Cowichan/Duncan detachment, says in a press release.
"He was released from custody on a promise to appear, and has not been formally charged as the investigation continues.
"The man potentially faces a number of firearms-related charges, ranging from unauthorized possession of firearms, to possession of firearms for the purpose of trafficking, and firearms trafficking."
The searches, under two search warrants, saw seizure of a number of guns and thousands of rounds of ammunition.
The Sept. 26 bust followed information supplied to local cops in August concerning a Duncan-area man illegally selling firearms.
"Additionally, it was discovered both residences had medical marijuana licences, with evidence of small grow ops found at both locations," Stuart says.
"While there were no children found in the houses at the time, of great concern to police was there was evidence children had been, or were currently, living in the Upland Avenue house."
Local Mounties are working with the Ministry of Children and Family Development regarding items found, and associated safety concerns.
"It is believed ... these guns were destined to be sold to criminally-involved people on both Vancouver Island and the mainland," Stuart states.
Investigators are determining the weapons' origin, and any connections to gangs and organized crime.
Guns and items seized at the Upland home included a loaded Springfield .22-calibre revolver; a .22-calibre Model 6 handgun; an AP-9 machine pistol; and SKS 7.62-mm semi-automatic assault-style rifle; a Marlin .22-calibre rifle; a Mossberg 12-gauge shotgun; a Marlin .22-calibre rifle; a crossbow; three prohibited, high-capacity magazines, plus thousands of rounds of ammunition.
The 6200-block Hawkes Boulevard home yielded a Savage Mark II .22-calibre rifle; a Cooey Model 600 .22-calibre rifle; a Mark .308- calibre; various calibres of ammo; a police-style vest with fake a radio, and a balaclava.
The search and seizure followed investigation led by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C., with the assistance from North Cowichan/Duncan's detachment.
The suspect has yet to be charged and his name was not released.