On April 8 members of the Vernon North Okanagan RCMP stopped a vehicle to arrest the passenger on outstanding warrants. Both the passenger and driver attempted to flee from police on foot however were arrested in close proximity to the vehicle stop. A search of the vehicle led to the seizure of a loaded .22 semi-automatic pistol. Based on the investigation findings, police obtained a search warrant for a storage locker recently visited by the persons arrested.
On April 9, 2017 investigators executed the search warrant and seized firearms, drugs, and stolen property:
- One additional handgun, two sawed off shot guns, three semi-automatic assault rifles, and assorted ammunition
- Large quantity of heroin and other drug trafficking paraphernalia
- Numerous stolen automotive parts valued at over $11,000 stolen during commercial break and enters in Vernon earlier this year
- Camera equipment valued at over $10,000 stolen during a residential break and enter in Penticton earlier this year.
During the search investigators also located a small amount of explosives in the form of dynamite sticks and had to suspend the search until the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit could attend and secure items to ensure everyone’s safety.
John ROSS, 25 year old male from the Lower Mainland, appeared in court on arrest warrants and new charges relating to flight from police and breach of current court imposed conditions. He was remanded in custody for a court date on April 26, 2017.
Taras BECKER, 28 year old Vernon male, appeared in court on numerous charges relating to illegal firearms possession and was remanded in custody for a court date on April 26, 2017. Investigators anticipate additional charges related to firearms, explosives, drugs and stolen property.
Sgt David EVANS of the Vernon RCMP Targeted Policing Unit stated this seizure will have a significant impact on public safety and is another example of the Detachment’s commitment to reducing crime in Vernon.