Police seize firearms, arrest five in the North Shuswap

Chase RCMP, with assistance from the Salmon Arm detachment, searched the Eva Road residence on Wednesday, March 7.

North Shuswap: A second incident in as many months brought police to this Lee Creek residence. In the first

North Shuswap: A second incident in as many months brought police to this Lee Creek residence. In the first

Five people have been arrested and numerous firearms seized following the execution of a search warrant at a Lee Creek home.

Chase RCMP, with assistance from the Salmon Arm detachment and the Kamloops police dog section, searched the Eva Road residence on Wednesday, March 7, Cpl. Mark Skotnicki said in a news release issued Monday.

The execution of the warrant also involved the “high-risk stops” of three vehicles in Squilax. The vehicles had departed from the residence, Skotnicki said.

Four men and one woman were arrested. One of the men was on a recognizance, facing charges relating to 12 armed robberies in Alberta.

Charges are pending against several of the people arrested. Suspects are not being named until charges are officially approved by Crown counsel.

Numerous firearms were seized, including a loaded handgun found in one vehicle.

This residence is well-known to police.

In January, a 59-year-old man was shot several times at the residence but survived. While that attempted murder investigation continues, police say there does not appear to be a connection between the two incidents.

At that time, a resident of the area told the Observer the homeowner is out of the country and the home was being looked after by someone else. The resident, who did not want to be named for fear of retribution, said the home was a suspected drug house.

“Let’s just say nobody around here is surprised the police were called there.”