The RCMP’s Vancouver Island Emergency Response Team was called out Monday morning to search a Nanaimo home suspected of having stolen firearms.
Police entered the home on the 700 block of Quilchena Crescent at about 9 a.m.
No issues were encountered upon entry, but at 34-year-old man was taken into custody.
A search of the home by Nanaimo RCMP Street Crimes Unit turned up two shotguns, one of which was loaded, plus several ounces of cocaine and crystal methamphetamine.
The man taken into custody was arrested for numerous alleged firearm-related offences and possession for the purpose of trafficking.
He will remain in custody to appear in Nanaimo provincial court later Monday or Tuesday (Dec. 15).
“When an investigation determines there may be firearms in a residence or there is potential for violence, ERT is often utilized for the entry to minimize the risk to the general public,” said Const. Gary O’Brien, Nanaimo RCMP spokesman in a press release.