Kamloops Mounties found explosive devices during their search on Thursday of a warehouse in the 1400-block of Lorne Street — part of an ongoing investigation that has led to arrest warrants being issued for a Cameron Cole and Charles Patrick.
Though neighbours were evacuated as a precaution, the RCMP’s explosive device unit determined the bombs were benign as they contained no mechanism to explode, RCMP Cpl. Jodi Shelkie told KTW.
Mounties have now completed their search of the commercial unit, know as Cole and Sons, and seized a number of items.
“Because this search is part of an ongoing investigation, we are not able to comment on what was found or seized from the unit at this time,” Shelkie said in a police press release.
The investigation stems from January, when police executed a search warrant at a Badger Drive residence in Dallas, where they discovered numerous firearms, bomb-making materials and a quantity of currency and drugs.
Three days later, police searched a home in Westsyde in connection to the discoveries made in Dallas.
At the time, Shelkie said numerous items were seized from the Westsyde residence and that once the forensic identification section completed their investigation, police were expected to recommend charges against the owner, who was the tenant of the Badger Drive home.
In a press release issued on Thursday, RCMP said both the Dallas and Westsyde homes were used by 35-year-old Cameron Cole, who now faces multiple charges for possessing explosives and firearms. Police say Cole used the alias “Jeff Parks” when renting the Badger Drive residence and has also used the alias “Jake.”
Also charged is Charles Gerald Patrick, 62, of Kamloops.
“He’s an associate of Cam Cole’s and he was known to be at the house on Badger Drive,” Shelkie told KTW.
Patrick is wanted for possessing a prohibited weapon, possession of ammunition for the purposes of committing an offence and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.
Neither Cameron Cole nor Charles Patrick have been arrested.