Vancouver traffic stop leads to huge weapons haul
Police recover 1 rifle, 2 handguns, 3 shotguns, 3 assault rifles and 1 replica Uzi
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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