A Nanaimo man is facing multiple charges following a traffic stop in North Cowichan.
According to a North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP media release issued this week, officers conducted a traffic stop late last month that resulted in the seizure of various weapons, including a firearm, as well as drugs.
North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP said that officers were looking for a suspicious vehicle on Mt. Prevost Road around 4:15 p.m. on May 29. Officers were able to locate the vehicle and arrested the driver, who was actually prohibited from driving, the release noted.
An officer then conducted a legal search of the vehicle and discovered brass knuckles, a firearm, and a variety of illicit drugs, according to RCMP.
Justin Donovan of Nanaimo is now facing six charges, including unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle, carrying a concealed weapon and possession of a scheduled substance. North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are still investigating and said it is possible that more charges will be considered in the future.
Police credit witnesses and local bylaw officers for their assistance.
This traffic stop by frontline officers meant that we were able to remove these items from the community, Cpl. Gregg Strom, shift supervisor at the North Cowichan Duncan RCMP, said in the release.
When it comes to safety, it is always better to prevent dangerous things from happening instead of dealing with the consequences afterwards.