A two-week drug investigation has led to the Quesnel RCMP seizing a large cache of weapons.
When police searched two homes on West River Road Thursday, Sept. 10, they found over a dozen guns, including an Uzi submachine gun and silencers.
“Drug traffickers frequently carry weapons and use intimidation and violence to not only protect their stash of drugs, but for debt collection,” Sgt. Richard Weseen said in a news release. “People associated to this group were known to use violence, and the arsenal of firearms they were collecting is quite disturbing.”
Police also collected a large amount of drugs, including fentanyl.
This is the second big drug bust the Quesnel RCMP has made in the past two months.
“Drug trafficking is a priority to the Quesnel RCMP, and these significant seizures will have a major impact on the local drug trade,” Quesnel RCMP detachment commander Darren Dodge said.
Police also found $45,000 in cash while searching the two locations.
Three Quesnel residents, 31-year-old Eric Heidemann, 30-year-old Steven Lindstrom and 36-year-old Katherine Barschel, were arrested and face numerous gun-related charges. An investigation into the drug sales is ongoing.
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