Firearms charge laid against Vernon teen

Vernon Courthouse

VERNON - A Vernon boy suspected of involvement in a recent escalation of violence in the city has been criminally charged.

The 16-year-old was arrested last Tuesday, May 17, by B.C.’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, which was dispatched to Vernon to assist with operations following three shooting incidents and a violent break and enter, all believed to be linked to the drug trade.

The teen, who cannot be named because he is a minor, was arrested with two bottles of codeine and a loaded handgun in his possession.

Dan McLaughlin, a spokesperson for the Criminal Justice Branch, confirmed today, May 25, that a single charge of possessing a loaded, prohibited or restricted firearm has been laid.

The boy remains in custody and appeared in court this morning by video. He has not yet had a bail hearing.

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