Hope traffic stop snags gun and drugs

RCMP take two men into custody following related search warrant

A routine traffic stop in Hope ended up with police retrieving a stolen shotgun.

On November 15, at about 10 p.m., Hope RCMP stopped a car near the Ford and Fraser intersection.

After he approached the car, the officer noticed a shotgun in the back. The gun turned out to be stolen from a home in Burnaby.

Police then conducted a search warrant on two Hope residences, where they found shotgun ammunition along with several bags of what they say appears to be methamphetamine.

“It’s very nerve racking as a police officer to have a vehicle pulled over and see a firearm in the car,” said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck.  “We got drugs and a very powerful firearm off the streets with this file and in our world that’s a big success.”

Justin Olson, 26, of Hope has been charged with possession of a firearm and remanded in custody.

Kyle Rowlinson, 27, of Hope has been charged with breach of undertaking, unauthorized possession of a firearm, occupying a vehicle in which there was a firearm, possession of firearm, careless use of a firearm, and possession of stolen property.

Rowlinson is also remanded in court.