August 14, 2014 3:36 pm

Langley man facing numerous weapons charges

WATCH ABOVE: A 37 year old Langley man is charged with illegally selling doctored firearms in Canada, U.S. and Australia. John Daly has details.

A 37-year-old Langley man is facing a number of weapons-related charges following a joint investigation by Canadian and American authorities.

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The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. (CFSEU-BC) was alerted to Bradley Michael Friesen’s alleged criminal activities by U.S. authorities in May 2014. Friesen was suspected of illegally selling guns and parts, which converted pistols to fully automatic weapons, to people in Canada, U.S. and Australia.

In July, investigators searched the suspect’s home in the 21000-block of 95A Avenue

in Langley, his pickup truck, workshop and van located in the NK’Mip campground in Osoyoos.

In the van, police found a cache of firearms and prohibited firearms-related devices. A large majority of the weapons were found stashed under the booster seat, where Friesen’s five-year-old son was seated, as well as at the child’s feet.

Items taken from his van and home include: automatic assault rifles, a sub machine gun, Glock auto switches, silencers, firearms parts and about 2,500 rounds of various calibres of ammunition.

Friesen has been charged with two counts of weapons trafficking, two counts of possession for the purpose of weapons trafficking, two counts of importing or exporting and two counts of possession contrary to prohibition order.

According to the CFSEU-BC, Friesen has a previous criminal record for attempted murder with a firearm that happened in Penticton in 2003 and is connected to several mid-level B.C. crime groups.

The 37-year-old man, who has previous convictions for various drug, property and property-related offenses, is currently in custody in Surrey waiting for trial.

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