January 07, 2016 - 12:37 PM
KELOWNA - A Midway man is facing trafficking and weapons charges after fleeing a traffic stop with a bagful of guns, drugs and money.
Kelowna RCMP spokesman Const. Jesse O’Donaghey reported in a media release on Thursday that 29-year-old Anthony Graham bolted from his black Mercedes SUV after police stopped him Wednesday afternoon, Jan. 6, in the 2300-block of Hunter Road.
A background check had revealed the man was in violation of a conditional sentence with a court ordered 24-hour curfew, O’Donaghey says, and when confronted the man allegedly forced his way out of the vehicle and took off on foot with a duffle bag he pulled from the vehicle.
When they saw the man running from police, some bystanders helped the officer catch and subdue the man.
A search of the bag and vehicle revealed a variety of illegal drugs, including heroin, cocaine and crystal methamphetamine as well as a .22 handgun with silencer, extra magazines, a silicone mask, break-in tools. Inside the SUV, police say they found an assault rifle with a drum magazine, soft body armour and a sledge hammer.
Police originally said Graham would face eight charges including assault of a peace officer, flight from a police officer possession of a prohibited weapon and possession of controlled substance for the purposes of trafficking, amongst others.
However, RCMP now say Graham will face three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a loaded prohibited weapon and breach of a conditional sentence order. He remains in custody and is expected to appear in court Monday, Jan. 11.
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— This story was updated 2:40 p.m., Friday, Jan. 8, 2016 with additional information from the RCMP.
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