A man arrested Dec. 19 in Courtenay had an arms cache that included five handguns

Anti-gang unit busts man in Courtenay, seizes drugs and many guns

B.C.’s integrated anti-gang police unit arrested a Courtenay man and seized a number of firearms and weapons.

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC), the province’s integrated anti-gang police unit, has arrested a 31-year-old Courtenay man and seized a number of firearms and weapons following a CFSEU-BC-led investigation.

Last month, CFSEU-BC received information that the Courtenay resident, who has links to at least one Vancouver Island organized crime group, was allegedly actively selling drugs and in possession of firearms. During the investigation, which concluded Dec.19, it was discovered that the man was allegedly in contravention of regulations specific to his firearms licence.

Investigators from CFSEU-BC’s mainland and Vancouver Island offices collaborated and following the month-long investigation into the man’s alleged criminal activities arrested him without incident Dec. 19.

Seized at the time of arrest were just over six grams of crack cocaine, a machete, and equipment believed to be used for the sale of drugs.

Three search warrants were executed following the arrest in Courtenay.

The RCMP’s North Island Emergency Response Team executed two of the warrants, one at a residence in the 1500 block Flicker Place and one at a residence in the 400 block of Willemar Avenue. CFSEU-BC investigators executed the other warrant at a storage locker facility in the 2600 block of Kilpatrick Avenue.

Nineteen firearms (five handguns, 11 rifles, three shotguns) were found during the searches, including one loaded nine-mm semi-automatic handgun and a sawed-off shotgun. Also recovered were thousands of rounds of ammunition, several firearms parts, a Taser, a baton similar to what police officers carry, and brass knuckles.

The man, who has a criminal record for violence-related offences, was taken to the Courtenay RCMP Detachment and was later released from custody on a Promise to Appear pending the laying of charges in the coming weeks.

The man potentially faces a number of drug, firearms, and weapons-related charges that could range from the unauthorized possession of firearms, unsafe storage of firearms, and possession of a prohibited weapon.

“Those who are involved in violent organized crime or gang-related activities in British Columbia should know by now that CFSEU-BC is not bound by jurisdiction and we will be relentless in our enforcement with our policing partners to make communities across British Columbia safer,” says CFSEU-BC spokesperson Sgt. Lindsey Houghton.

“The success of this investigation and multi-agency response to get guns off the streets and out of the hands of those who use them for a criminal purpose is a testament to our collective goal to ending gang life in British Columbia.”

CFSEU-BC would like to thank the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST), and the RCMP’s North Vancouver Island Emergency Response Team and Courtenay Detachment for their help in this investigation.

— Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia

 

Just Posted

Verdict gives murder victims’ parents sense of closure

A guilty verdict delivered earlier this week was “like a weight lifted off the chest.”

Thieves break into mailboxes overnight in Courtenay, Comox

Thieves in Comox were busy overnight on March 17, breaking into more… Continue reading

Man convicted of Courtenay couple’s murder

Michael Philip Simard, 45, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder.

Comox Valley RCMP looking for help to identify shoplifters

The Comox Valley RCMP is asking for assistance from the public to… Continue reading

Five highlights in the 2019 federal budget

Latest budget includes a sprinkling of money for voters across a wide spectrum

Comox Valley Hospice Society finds new Ocean Front home

Comox Valley Hospice Society (CVHS) recently announced plans to construct a new… Continue reading

Cougar on Island might have been shot with bow-and-arrow

Conservation officer service looking for animal near Port Alice

Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

The company is also paying about $5 million to cover plaintiffs’ legal fees and other costs

B.C. mosque part of open-house effort launched in wake of New Zealand shootings

The ‘Visit a Mosque’ campaign aims to combat Islamophobia

‘That’s a load of crap’: Dog poop conspiracy spreads in White Rock

Allegation picked up steam through a Facebook page run by a city councillor

Explosives unit brought in after suspicious boxes left at B.C. RCMP detachment

Nanaimo RCMP issues all clear after packages were found on lawn earlier in the day

Newfoundland man caught after posting photo of himself drinking and driving

The 19-year-old took a photo of himself holding a beer bottle and cigarette while at the wheel

2019 BUDGET: As deficit grows, feds spend on job retraining, home incentives

Stronger economy last year delivered unexpected revenue bump of an extra $27.8 billion over six years

Most Read