(Courtesy of Nanaimo RCMP)

Nanaimo RCMP arrested a 35-year-old man last week who was sleeping in a car while in possession of a loaded black revolver and suspected fentanyl.

On Thursday, April 15th, around 2 a.m. officers approached a driver who was slumped over in a car’s driver’s seat in the vicinity of Ware Road and the Nanaimo Parkway.

The officer approached the car and noticed a black revolver lying on the passenger side floor.

The officer woke the sleeping driver and arrested him for careless transportation of a restricted firearm.

The firearm was examined to have five loaded .22 calibre rounds and one spent cartridge with no locking device in place on the revolver.

The 35-year-old driver, Richard Jackson, was also in possession of a small quantity of suspected fentanyl found in the backseat, along with a bag containing break-in tools and knives.

Jackson was not the owner of the seized firearm, and the investigation continues to determine that owner.

Jackson was taken into police custody and charged with multiple firearm offences, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and several Breach of Undertaking charges, in relation to the break-in tools and the firearm.

He is scheduled to make his next appearance in Nanaimo Provincial court by way of video conferencing on Tuesday April 20th.

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