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Kamloops RCMP seizes stash of weapons associated with drug trade

Weapons seized by Kamloops RCMP June 10 from a commercial storage locker.
Image Credit: Kamloops RCMP
June 11, 2020 - 3:17 PM

Police seized numerous weapons from a Kamloops storage facility yesterday including firearms, explosives, crossbows and nunchucks, as part of a gang unit investigation.

According to a release, Kamloops RCMP's Targeted Enforcement Unit, which investigates the cities growing gang presence, executed a search warrant at a commercial storage facility believed to be controlled by a participant in the local drug trade June 10. 

Because of the explosives or potential explosives, the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit had to be called in to secure the items for processing and disposal.

A weapon seized by Kamloops RCMP, June 10.
A weapon seized by Kamloops RCMP, June 10.
Image Credit: Kamloops RCMP

Two suspects attended the storage unit while RCMP investigated and were both arrested without incident.

Brett Haynes, a 43-year-old Kamloops resident, is facing several charges. At the time of his arrest, he was armed with a loaded 9mm pistol and was found to be in the possession of illicit drugs.

The second individual, a 23 year old Kamloops woman, was released from custody and information will be forwarded to the Kamloops Crown Prosecutor's office for the consideration of charges.

"When guns are introduced into drug trafficking, even minor conflicts can escalate to deaths and serious injuries," Sgt. Simon Pillay said in a press release.

"Once again, we ask the public to report those drug traffickers who carry or stockpile illegal firearms so we can take preemptive actions like this."

The weapons seized include:

  • .22 calibre semi-automatic rifle and clip;
  • 9 mm semi-automatic JR Carbine rifle;
  • 223 calibre Black Special semi-automatic rifle;
  • 223 Remington bolt action rifle with scope;
  • Three (3) crossbows;
  • Marlin 30-30 lever action rifle;
  • 20 gauge Remington shotgun;
  • Handcuffs;
  • CO2 air soft pistols (replica firearms)
  • Nunchucks;
  • Cooey model 78 cane gun
  • Related ammunition and magazines.

Brett Kiichi Haynes, 43, of Kamloops was arrested at the storage unit and is facing multiple charges.
Brett Kiichi Haynes, 43, of Kamloops was arrested at the storage unit and is facing multiple charges.
Image Credit: Kamloops RCMP

Anyone with information on other locations Haynes frequented is urged to contact the Kamloops RCMP.


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