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Separate Kelowna traffic stops net guns and drugs

April 13, 2016 - 8:48 AM

KELOWNA – Four guns and some drugs are off the street after police made two separate stops within minutes of each other in Kelowna early this week.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m. on April 11, a Kelowna RCMP officer pulled over a silver Volkswagen Jetta seen driving erratically, with headlights turned off along Hwy. 97 near McCurdy Road.

Const. Jesse O’Donaghey says the driver is prohibited from driving and was arrested, and a search of the vehicle revealed marijuana as well as other illegal drugs in his possession.

A further search of the vehicle yielded more illegal drugs, including crystal meth,” he says in a media release. ”More concerning to the investigator was the discovery of three firearms, one of which was loaded, located inside the vehicle. Police have seized a rifle and two revolvers along with live ammunition.”

The driver, a 43-year-old West Kelowna man, faces potential charges of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, driving while prohibited, as well as several firearms related charges.

A short time later, another officer on patrol stopped a red Pontiac Grand Am seen speeding west along Enterprise Way. When the vehicle stopped in the rear parking lot of a hotel on Harvey Avenue, the officer saw a man exit the vehicle and throw an item on the roof of a nearby enclosure.

“Investigators quickly determined that the discarded object was in fact a revolver pistol, which was seized by police,” O’Donaghey says.

The driver of the Grand Am, a 49-year old woman was issued a 24-hour driving prohibition for operating a motor vehicle while her ability was affected by drugs. Her passenger, 41-year-old Yeorgios Sintihakis of Kelowna, was held in police custody and later released on Bail. He faces potential charges of possession of a firearm, careless use of a firearm, possession of a firearm without a licence, and possession of a firearm knowing it’s not registered. 

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