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A Lower Mainland resident could lose their vehicle after a traffic stop on Vancouver Island uncovered a loaded weapon next to the driver’s seat and a significant amount of drugs.

On January 7th, a Port Alberni RCMP officer stopped the vehicle in the 3600 block of 4th Avenue.

The initial stop developed into a drug investigation and during a search conducted with a warrant, police found a loaded and unregistered firearm next to the driver seat, along with a “significant quantity” of drugs.

RCMP said the drugs seized from the vehicle are suspected to be fentanyl, methamphetamine and crack cocaine.

The 2017 vehicle is now the subject of a civil-forfeiture application.

“This is just one example of the proactive work our officers do on a daily basis to disrupt criminal activity in our community,” said Eric Rochette, officer in charge of the Port Alberni RCMP detachment.

The driver was released on conditions, including not being on Vancouver Island, pending approval of charges by Crown counsel.

Police will not release the driver’s identity until charges are approved

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