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Traffic stop leads to arrest, seizure of gun and drugs

A man who recently moved to Prince George from Kelowna is in custody after being found in possession of cash, drugs and a handgun on the weekend.

On Saturday June 27, at approximately 5 p.m., Prince George RCMP officers executed a traffic stop on Dawson Road as a result of a Motor Vehicle Act infraction.

When officers approached the vehicle, they entered into a Controlled Drugs and Substances Act investigation and subsequently arrested the female driver and male passenger.  Before handcuffs could be placed on the man, he fled on foot, initiating a foot chase. 

The man was caught a short time later and was found to be in possession of a prohibited handgun with a loaded prohibited magazine and one bullet in the chamber.  An additional three loaded magazines were found on the suspect, giving him access to approximately 60 rounds of ammunition at the time officers stopped the vehicle.  The man was also found to be wearing soft body armour and was in possession of a substantial amount of cash, methamphetamine, cocaine and fentanyl.

The search of the vehicle found drug trafficking paraphernalia, which was seized along with the vehicle itself.

Anthony James Graham, 34, has been charged with possession of a prohibited weapon.  He has been remanded in custody and is scheduled to virtually appear in court on Thursday July 2.  Further charges are expected to be approved at a later date.

The 31-year-old female driver from Prince George was released without charge at this time.  Drug related charges may be approved at a later date.

“This is great work by our officers, seizing a substantial amount of cash and drugs, and removing a prohibited firearm from the street,” said S/Sgt. Darin Rappel, acting Operations Officer for the Prince George RCMP.  “Who knows what kind of harm we were able to prevent as a result of this traffic stop.”

If you have any information about illegal drug activity in the Prince George area, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300 or anonymously contact Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or online at www.pgcrimestoppers.bc.ca (English only).  You do not have to reveal your identity to Crime Stoppers.  If you provide information that leads to an arrest, seizure of illicit drugs or recovery of stolen property, you could be eligible for a cash reward.

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