Nova Scotia

Teen faces 22 drug and gun charges

A 16 year-old from Halifax faces 22 drug and weapons charges, after a police search found a handgun and a sawed-off shotgun at his home.

A 16 year-old from Halifax faces 22 drug and weapons charges after a police search found a handgun, a single-shot pistol and a sawed-off shotgun at his home.

The police search also turned up various drugs including marijuana, cocaine, ecstasy and clonazepam, as well as body armour and ammunition for both guns.

The 16-year-old appeared in Halifax Youth Court Friday to answer to the charges.

Police say it's rare to lay so many serious charges against someone so young.

"Unfortunately we are seeing younger people becoming more involved in the drug trade, and with that comes weapons possession and other offences," said Const. Brian Palmeter of the Halifax Regional Police.

"Certainly for an individual of this age to have this number of weapons is quite alarming and thankfully something that we don’t see a lot of."

Investigators say they spotted three teenaged boys smoking what the officers thought was marijuana on Thursday afternoon on Quinpool Road.

They say the 16-year-old boy who was charged was carrying bear spray and brass knuckles, along with more marijuana.

That led to a search of his home in the Fairview area, where officers found the rest of the weapons and drugs.

CBC News talked to the boy's parents outside court Friday.

Visibly upset, they described their son as "a good kid who shows respect to others" and said these 22 charges come as a complete surprise to them.

His mother said they knew their son had taken drugs but they had no idea it was to this extent.

She was home when police conducted the search of the residence and said the drugs and weapons were so well-hidden, it would take police officers to find them.

This is the first time the boy has been in trouble with the law.

The other two teens who were arrested were released and do not face charges.