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B.C. RCMP seize massive arsenal, lay trafficking charges

August 29, 2013 - 12:31 PM

VANCOUVER, B.C., - Police in B.C. have seized a massive arsenal of weapons and ammunition and have laid firearms charges against a 63-year-old man.

Sgt. Lindsey Houghton, with the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, says 183 firearms and tens of thousands of rounds of ammunition were seized from a house in Tatla Lake, 220 kilometres west of Williams Lake.

Houghton says police were tipped that the man was selling assault-style semi-automatic rifles, among other weapons.

He says many of the guns are capable of firing rounds that can pass through vehicles, doors, walls and body armour.

Officers must now figure out where the guns came from, and how they got into Canada and then into the possession of the man, who has no criminal record.

Houghton says the seizure isn't believed to be linked to gangs, but he says the weapons would likely have been sold to the highest bidder, which could mean they'd end up in the hands of gangsters.

News from © The Canadian Press , 2013
The Canadian Press

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