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Alert Vernon officer finds firearm, ammunition in vehicle

Traffic stop in the Foothills leads to two arrests

A proactive traffic stop led to two arrests and the seizure of a firearm and ammunition Wednesday afternoon.

A member of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP’s Crime Reduction Unit was patrolling in the Foothills April 13, shortly after 2 p.m., when he noticed a vehicle with an inactive license plate leaving a residence.

The officer initiated a traffic stop with the vehicle and found the 41-year old woman to be prohibited from driving under both the Criminal Code and BC Motor Vehicle Act. She was issued an appearance notice and released at the scene.

The officer also arrested a male passenger after learning the man had an active arrest warrant for firearms related offences.

During a search of the vehicle following the arrests, officers located and seized a long barreled firearm and a quantity of ammunition.

The 38-year-old Vernon man, known to police, remains in custody and will appear in court later Thursday.

Police are continuing their investigation.

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