Kamloops Mounties have arrested the second man sought in connection to a nearly year-long criminal investigation.
Charles Patrick was arrested at 1:40 p.m. on Dec. 21 while sitting in the passenger seat of a car parked near his Kamloops home, RCMP Staff Sgt. Ed Preto told KTW.
The arrest was made without incident.
Patrick, 62, is due in court on Monday, Jan. 7, for a bail hearing, according to court documents.
He has been charged with possessing a prohibited weapon, possession of ammunition for the purposes of committing an offence and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000.
The charges are in connection with the RCMP’s investigation into the alleged activities of Cameron Cole — who is believed to be at or near the top of one of two significant drug-trafficking rings operating in Kamloops.
On Dec. 6, police executed a search warrant on a downtown business operating under the name Cole and Sons. Mounties said they found explosive devices during their search on Thursday of a warehouse in the 1400-block of Lorne Street. 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 at the time.
Afterwards, Mounties issued a press release regarding outstanding arrest warrants for Cole and Patrick, who police contend is Cole’s associate.
Cole, who according to police now lives in St. Albert, Alta., surrendered to Kamloops Mounties on Dec. 7. He was granted bail on Dec. 19. The 35-year-old faces a raft of firearms-related charges following a number of searches carried out across Kamloops.
The RCMP investigation began last January when police were called to a reported home invasion at a residence on Badger Drive in Dallas, where officers said they saw firearms and obtained a search warrant.
Police said that search yielded numerous firearms, bomb-making materials and a quantity of currency and narcotics, but no charges were issued at the time.
Three days later, police searched a home in Westsyde, looking for more evidence. Both the Dallas and Westsyde homes were used by Cole.
According to Mounties, it is possible Cole has rented other residential or commercial locations and there may be illegal and/or dangerous items stored at these places.
Patrick is also facing other weapons charges from 2013, when police pulled him over while he was allegedly carrying a loaded shotgun.