Sgt. Jim Anderson says he has never seen as much ammunition in one place after the RCMP seized thousands of rounds of ammunition, 45 rifles, two handguns, and three sets of military body armour at an unsecured, abandoned private rural property in the Alexis Creek area last week.
The cache was located outside and covered in a tarp near Maindlay Road, east of Nasko Lake Provincial Park.
“Some (rifles) are military and some are high powered,” Anderson says, adding the guns are all reasonable shape and all operational. “I wouldn’t say they were put there last week. It very well could have been there a year or more.”
Police are aware of who owns the property, which Anderson describes as being used as a part-time residence, but not a vacation property by any means.
No arrests have been made. However, investigative efforts do include speaking to persons of interest who may have connections to the property.
After the RCMP received information about the possible cache on Dec. 6., they obtained a search warrant and began a search of the property that continued through until Dec. 8.
Assisting the Alexis Creek RCMP were RCMP members from Anahim Lake, Williams Lake, Quesnel, North District Emergency Response, Firearms Enforcement, Integrated National Security Enforcement, “E” Division Explosives Disposal Unit and the Regional General Investigation Section.
The investigation continues and since news of the seizure was made public, the RCMP has received a call from one person wondering if some of the firearms were stolen from him.
“That’s being looked into,” Anderson says. “I guess it’s possible.”