Nanaimo RCMP arrest man found sleeping in car with loaded gun

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A Nanaimo man is facing multiple weapons charges after an RCMP officer found him slumped over in the driver’s side of a vehicle.

The officer noticed a parked car near Ware Road and the Nanaimo Parkway around 2 a.m. on April 15 and pulled over to investigate.

He found 35-year-old Richard Jackson asleep with a loaded revolver, several knives and a small amount of suspected fentanyl in the vehicle, according to RCMP.

Jackson was arrested for careless transportation of a restricted firearm, police said. Investigators examined the gun and found it was loaded with five .22 calibre rounds, as well as one spent cartridge. A bag with break-in tools and knives was found in the back seat, according to RCMP.

Police said Jackson does not own the firearm. He was charged with multiple firearm offences, possession of a controlled substance (fentanyl) and several charges in relation to the break-in tools and the firearm.

Jackson made an appearance via video conference at Nanaimo Provincial court on April 20.

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