Weapons charges net Nanaimo man a community sentence

A Nanaimo man charged after a search of his house will serve a four-month conditional sentence.

A Nanaimo man charged after a search of his house turned up a bullet proof vest, ammunition, crossbows and other items will serve a four-month conditional sentence.

Raymond John Waller pleaded guilty on Dec. 16 to one count of knowingly possessing a prohibited weapon without a licence and one count of possession of a firearm contrary to order.

He received a four-month conditional sentence, two years probation, a lifetime prohibition on owning firearms and a $100 victim surcharge.

Waller was already under a lifetime ban from owning firearms or ammunition following a December 2007 conviction for possessing illegal weapons. The 2007 conviction resulted from a search of his Manning Street house, during which police confiscated weapons, including stun guns, Uzi and M4 machine pistols and three inactive grenades.

Police began the recent investigation last January when the Canadian Border Services Agency in Montreal intercepted a package destined for Waller’s house which contained a component for making a handgun.

When police searched a basement storage room in Waller’s house in February, they found an AK-47 assault rifle screw build kit and instruction manual entitled How to Build an AK-47 From Parts. They also discovered ammunition for a .45 calibre handgun, three crossbows and a black bullet proof vest.