Vancouver police say a routine traffic stop turned into anything but, after officers first found loaded handguns strapped to a driver's body, and later discovered two larger caches of firearms.

The 45-year-old driver was pulled over near Hastings and Thurlow streets late Saturday night for a traffic violation, police said.

But officers noticed he was sweating profusely, and appeared extremely nervous when they spoke with him.

"Officers also noticed a strap protruding from under his jacket, and unusual bulges under both arms," the Vancouver Police Department said in a written statement.

The bulges turned out to be two loaded handguns in shoulder holsters. Police also found a rifle and a shotgun in the vehicle.

The VPD gang unit was called and began a search in an apartment in the city's West End.

"In the apartment, police located two shotguns, three assault-style rifles and a replica Uzi," the VPD said.

The 45-year-old man has been charged with multiple firearms offences, and was held in custody until this morning's court appearance.


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