Firearms Search Warrant leads to charges for 33 year old male

Photo: Brandon Police Service

Source: Brandon Police Service Media Release

On July 19, 2019, police began conducting a firearms search warrant of a residence in the 300’ block of 2nd Street. Due to the nature of the search, the BPS emergency response team was deployed to ensure the safety of not only all those involved, but the community at large.

Police conducted two high risk vehicle stops in relation to the search warrant. The first vehicle stop occurred at 11:26am in the 100’ block of Victoria Ave. As a result of that stop, the driver, a 32 year old Brandon man, was found to be prohibited from driving. He was arrested and the vehicle impounded. A 33 year old male passenger was found in possession of a backpack containing a canister of pepper spray. He was arrested for possession of a prohibited weapon. A 17 year old female passenger was arrested on the strength of a warrant from MFNP for breach of probation. All three were held in custody pending the execution of the search warrant.

The second high risk traffic stop occurred near the intersection of 14th Street and Princess Ave. No charges were laid in relation to that stop.

At approximately 4:00pm, police made entry to the residence and conducted a search. Located inside was a sawed off bolt action .22 caliber rifle. The barrel was intact; however, the stock was sawed off to the grip. (picture below).

The 33 year old male resident was arrested and charged with three firearms offences: unauthorized possession of a prohibited or restricted weapon, possession of a prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition, and careless storage of a firearm.

He was released on conditions for court on September 12, 2019.