POLICE – Weapons seized, suspect arrested in search of storage facility

Replica firearms. (Image: RCMP)

Statement today (June 11, 2020) from Kamloops RCMP on a search and seizure of firearms associated with the drug trade:

Within the Kamloops RCMP Detachment, the Targeted Enforcement Unit (TEU) is mandated to investigate drug and organized crime targets who pose a safety risk to our community. On June 10, 2020 one such investigation led TEU to execute a search warrant at a commercial storage facility in Kamloops which was believed to be controlled by a participant in the local drug trade. Found within the locker were numerous items that have since been seized as evidence, including:

  • .22 calibre semi-automatic rifle and clip;
  • 9mm semi-automatic JR Carbine rifle;
  • 223 calibre Black Special semi-automatic rifle;
  • 223 Remington bolt action rifle with scope;
  • Three (3) crossbows;
  • Marlin 30-30 lever action rifle;
  • 20 guage Remington shotgun;
  • Handcuffs;
  • CO2 air soft pistols (replica firearms)
  • Nunchucks;
  • Cooey model 78 cane gun
  • Related ammunition and magazines.

During this search, suspected explosives were also located. In order to process these items safely, RCMP Kamloops requested the assistance of the RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit (EDU). EDU has since attended and secured these items for safe processing and disposal.

While conducting this investigation, two suspects attended the storage unit while RCMP were present and both were arrested without incident. One of these suspects was armed with a loaded 9mm pistol and was found to be in the possession of illicit drugs.

This investigation is still ongoing and further investigative action and charges are expected. Currently, Brett Kiichi Haynes, 43, of Kamloops is charged with:

  • S.95(1) CC – possess a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm, 9mm pistol;
  • S.94(1) CC – occupy a vehicle knowing there was a restricted firearm;
  • S.90(1) CC – carry a concealed weapon;
  • S.91(1) CC – possess a firearm without being the holder of a licence X7
  • S.92(2) CC – possess a prohibited weapon, brass knuckles;
  • S.82(1) CC – did have in his possession, dynamite, an explosive substance;
  • S.88(1) CC – possession weapons or explosive substances for a purpose dangerous to the public peace or for the purpose of committing an offence;
  • S.86(1) CC – carry a firearm, prohibited weapon or prohibited device in a careless manner or without reasonable precautions for safety;
  • S.117.01(1) CC – did possess a firearm, 9mm pistol, while he was prohibited from doing so by an order x4;
  • S. 5(2) CDSA – possess a controlled substance, to wit: cocaine, fentanyl, methamphetamine, and crack cocaine, for the purpose of trafficking.

The second suspect, a 23-year-old female resident of Kamloops, has since been released from custody and information will be forwarded to the Kamloops Crown Prosecutor’s office for the consideration of charges.

To advance this investigation, a picture of Brett Haynes is being released. If you have any information on other locations frequented by Haynes, please contact the RCMP Kamloops.

Brett Haynes.

“We are still in the grips of an opioid crisis in Kamloops, as is B.C. generally. That means there is also a proliferation of organized crime that supplies that demand for drugs. Unfortunately that brings violence and other peripheral types of criminal activity.

“Through 2019 Kamloops endured a serious spike in organized crime gun violence that led to several murders, including the death of an innocent person through mistaken identity. This is why illegal firearms in the hands of the criminal element cannot be tolerated.

“When guns are introduced into drug trafficking, even minor conflicts can escalate to deaths and serious injuries. Once again, we ask the public to report those drug traffickers who carry or stockpile illegal firearms so we can take preemptive actions like this.

“Even those active in the drug scene have an interest in ensuring that people profiteering off this drug crisis are not armed and causing additional harm to our community. And to those who assisted in this and other serious criminal investigations, we thank you for helping make Kamloops a safer city.”

– S/Sgt Simon PILLAY – RCMP Kamloops Plain clothes Commander.

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