Nanaimo RCMP find replica handgun during traffic stop

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A Nanaimo man is facing potential drug charges after a traffic stop. RCMP discovered weapons, cash and drugs in his vehicle after pulling him over for driving suspiciously in downtown Nanaimo. 

Police arrested the driver for an outstanding arrest warrant for break and enter and uttering threats. While searching the 46-year-old man’s car, police found a black replica Beretta CO2 handgun, in addition to two knives in his back seat.

“Police officers are not afforded the time to discern if a firearm is real or not. An authentic looking replica firearm will always be treated as real and may tragically result in real life consequences,” said Const. Gary O’Brien.

Police said they also found 50 small plastic bags of suspected methamphetamine in the suspect’s underwear and $700 in cash.

The man was later released, but his vehicle was towed because of unsafe tires. Police said he will not be charged for the knives or the replica handgun.

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