Traffic stop leads to arrest and seizure of gun, ammo and drugs

Crown counsel has approved a charge of possessing a prohibited firearm against a former Kelowna man allegedly found with a loaded handgun and magazines holding about 60 rounds of ammunition during a traffic stop on Saturday evening.

Anthony James Graham, 34, remained in custody on the count as of Monday.

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RCMP said James was a passenger in a vehicle officers pulled over on Dawson Road in the Hart as a result of an infraction under the Motor Vehicle Act.

Police said Graham, who tried to flee on foot but was soon caught, was wearing soft body armour and was in possession of a substantial amount of cash, methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl.

A search of the vehicle uncovered drug trafficking paraphernalia, which was seized along with the vehicle itself, RCMP said.

The driver, a 31-year-old woman whose name was not provided, was released without charges but drug charges may be approved at a later date, RCMP said.

Graham had recently moved to Prince George from Kelowna, RCMP said.

"This is great work by our officers, seizing a substantial amount of cash and drugs, and removing a prohibited firearm from the street" Prince George RCMP Staff Sgt. Darin Rappel. "Who knows what kind of harm we were able to prevent as a result of this traffic stop."

Graham has an extensive criminal record. In March 2016, he was sentenced in Kelowna to 35 months in jail on an assortment of guns and drug charges from a similar scenario, according to infonews.ca.

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