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Vernon man convicted for gun and drug charges

A Vernon man has been convicted of dozens of gun and drug charges.
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December 06, 2017 - 3:18 PM

VERNON – A Vernon man was convicted of numerous drug and weapons charges earlier this week.

Taras Becker was arrested April 8, 2017 after he and another man tried to flee a police stop in Vernon. Const. Kelly Brett says the passenger was wanted on outstanding warrants, but both were arrested soon after fleeing.

Police found a loaded .22 semi-automatic pistol in the vehicle.

The next day, April 9, investigators executed a search warrant on a storage unit they believed was connected and there they found and seized additional firearms, drugs and stolen property. 

Police found a second handgun, two sawed-off shotguns, three semi-automatic assault rifles and ammunition.

They also found “a large quantity of heroin and other drug trafficking paraphernalia,” numerous stolen automotive parts worth more than $11,000 and $10,000 worth of stolen camera equipment.

The media release says the vehicle parts were stolen from around Vernon over the last year, and the camera equipment from Penticton over the same time.

Becker was convicted of 23 counts of firearm related offences, four counts of possession of stolen property and two counts of possession of a controlled substance.

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