Sunday April 20, 2014

Weapons found at Westsyde home lead to firearms charges

Murray Mitchell

RCMP Supt. Brad Mueller shows some of the items seized in a vehicle stop and search of a Westsyde mobile home.

A Kamloops man faces seven firearms charges after a search by police at a mobile home park in the 1700 block of Westsyde Road turned up several weapons.

RCMP targeted Charles Gerald Patrick, 57, after a vehicle stop on Dec. 11 for an investigation for fraudulent vehicle registration. Police found a loaded, sawed-off 410 shotgun concealed in Patrick's jacket.

In the vehicle, they found ammunition, a small amount of drugs, a large machete and steroids.

Later that evening, police searched Patrick's home and found a sawed-off shotgun, three long-barrelled firearms, an air rifle, a large quantity of ammunition, gun parts and a machete.

Patrick is due to appear in court on Thursday.

RCMP Supt. Brad Mueller called the weapons "a major concern" for police.

"These weapons were clearly intended for criminal use."

Shotguns are typically altered for concealment during drug rips and intimidation, Mueller said.

Patrick is not a known gang member, but "he was with associates who are well known to the detachment."

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