Four men from British Columbia are in custody in Thunder Bay after being arrested earlier this week.

Police say just after three o'clock, officers stopped an SUV on Arthur Street for having no taillights, and found the vehicle had been flagged by the RCMP for seizure as part of a homicide investigation in Alberta.

Jeep pulled over in Thunder Bay

This SUV is currently seized by the Thunder Bay police. After it was pulled over for having no tail-lights, officers found drugs and a loaded handgun. (Supplied)

Thunder Bay police say they found a loaded handgun in the vehicle, along with drugs. Investigators determined that one of the men had given a false name, while the others were on weapons prohibition conditions.

Two men from Dawson Creek, B.C., and another from Burnaby, B.C. face charges including:

  • Unauthorized possession of prohibited/restricted weapon
  • Possession of Prohibited or Restricted Firearm/Ammunition
  • Knowledge of Unauthorized Possession of Firearm
  • Occupant of Motor Vehicle knowing there was a Firearm

All the men were placed in custody at the Thunder Bay District Jail.

As a result of the investigation, a fourth man was arrested in Thunder Bay on Monday in relation to a shooting near Innisfail, Alberta on June 2.

A 33 year old man from Pitt Meadows, B.C. is also in custody at the District Jail. Police say he is a person of interest in a shooting and attempted homicide in Innisfail, Alberta on June 2.