A 34-year-old Kelowna man was arrested in Prince George this weekend for possession of cash, drugs and a handgun following a traffic stop.
On Saturday (June 27) night at about 5 p.m., Prince George RCMP stopped a vehicle on Dawson Road as a result of a Motor Vehicle Act infraction.
Police say when officers approached the vehicle, they began a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act investigation, which led to the man's arrest, as well as a woman who was driving, but he tried to escape on foot before handcuffs could be placed on him.
The man was eventually caught and was found to be in possession of a prohibited handgun with a loaded prohibited magazine and one bullet in the chamber.
Three more loaded magazines were found on the suspect, which included about 60 rounds of ammunition at the time officers stopped the vehicle.
RCMP explain he was also found to be wearing soft body armour and in possession of a substantial amount of cash, methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl.
The search of the vehicle found drug trafficking paraphernalia, which was seized along with the vehicle itself.
The suspect, Anthony James Graham, who recently moved to Prince George from Kelowna, has been charged with Possession of a Prohibited Weapon under the Criminal Code of Canada.
He remains in custody, is scheduled to virtually appear in court on Thursday (July 2) and more charges are expected to be approved at a later date.
The 31-year-old female driver, also from Prince George, was released without charge, but police say drug-related charges may be approved, also at a later date.
"This is great work by our officers, seizing a substantial amount of cash and drugs, and removing a prohibited firearm from the street," says S/Sgt. Darin Rappel, Prince George RCMP's acting Operations Officer in a news release.
"Who knows what kind of harm we were able to prevent as a result of this traffic stop."
If you have any information about illegal drug activity in the Prince George area, please call the RCMP's local detachment at 250-561-3300, anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or go online to www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca.