Police believe they thwarted a violent act from happening in the community after seizing several weapons, disguises and even potential explosive devices during a traffic stop in Williams Lake Wednesday.
Williams Lake RCMP Insp. Jeff Pelley said police were responding to a call for service in the city and observed a vehicle driving in the vicinity while en route that caught the attention of the members who observed suspicious activity and initiated a traffic stop.
Pelley said it was during that traffic stop in which police observed weapons inside the vehicle that were of concern. As a result all three occupants were arrested and the vehicle was searched leading to a substantial seizure. The offenders were found to be in possession of a handgun, long-barrelled firearms, prohibited weapons and various disguises.
Further investigation determined the vehicle contained potentially explosive devices identified as pipe bombs. Williams Lake RCMP immediately engaged the Explosives Disposal Unit to ensure the safe disposal of the pipe bombs, he said.
The investigation continues and the three individuals remain in police custody at this time and a substantial amount of charges are being recommended to Crown Counsel.
“It will remain a priority for our detachment and officers to proactively target violent offenders within this community,” Pelley said. “There is no doubt that this arrest and seizure prevented a violent act from happening therefore making the community safer.”