Police seize drugs and firearm in Hope

Two local men in their 20s were arrested following a traffic stop on Nov. 15

Two Hope men have been arrested after police discovered a stolen shotgun during a recent traffic stop.

Hope RCMP stopped a car on Nov. 15 at about 10 p.m. near Fort Street and Fraser Avenue. After approaching the vehicle, the officer noticed a shotgun in the back seat. Police later learned that weapon had been stolen from a house in Burnaby.

As a result, a search warrant was executed on two homes in Hope, where police seized shotgun ammunition as well as several bags of what appeared to be methamphetamine.

“It’s very nerve-wracking as a police officer to have a vehicle pulled over and see a firearm in the car,” said Const. 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, has been charged with possession of a firearm. Kyle Rowlinson, 27, has also been charged with breach of undertaking, unauthorized possession of firearm, occupying a vehicle in which there was a firearm, possession of firearm, careless use of a firearm, and possession of stolen property. Both men have been remanded in custody.