Kelowna traffic stop leads to arrests for guns, drugs, cash
Three people were arrested and face multiple potential charges after a traffic stop was conducted for improper use of a licence plate Wednesday afternoon.
The Kelowna RCMP Target Team and general duty members conducted a traffic stop at 1:30 p.m. on a suspicious vehicle with three occupants on the 800 block of Saucier Avenue.
Police noted that the green 1993 Ford Taurus had a B.C. licence plate that was registered to another vehicle. As police approached, a man was observed placing something in the trunk. That item was later determined to be a loaded .25 calibre handgun.
The driver, a 27-year-old Kelowna man, provided police with a false name and was arrested for Obstruction and Driving While Prohibited. He was also found to be wanted on outstanding warrants out of Vernon.
The male passenger fled on foot and was pursued a short distance before being taken into custody.
During the foot pursuit, the man broke into a house in an attempt to evade police.
The female passenger was apparently witnessed removing a container from the trunk and concealing it in a nearby yard. The contents of the container were found to be methamphetamine, cocaine, a liquid substance believed to be Fentanyl and various pills.
In all, police seized $710 cash, various quantities of methamphetamine, cocaine, marijuana, suspected Fentanyl, Percocet, Lorazepam and Clonazepam, as well as the handgun.
The passengers, a 31-year-old Kelowna man and a 28-year-old Kelowna woman face potential charges of Obstruction, Careless Use of Firearm, Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm, Possession of a Restricted Firearm with Ammunition and Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking.
The man also faces a potential charge of Unlawfully in a Dwelling.