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Man, 23, faces gun trafficking charges, according to Kelowna RCMP

Kelowna RCMP says they have arrested and charged one man in connection to a guns trafficking investigation. File / Global News

A 23-year-old man is being charged with 13 gun-related offences following a three-year investigation in Kelowna.

Keenan Ely is facing eight charges of firearm trafficking along with charges of possession of a firearm at an unauthorized place, careless storage of a firearm, and failure to report a lost or stolen firearm.

On May 20, 2020, the Kelowna RCMP Special Enforcement Team, which was assisted by the RCMP National Weapons Enforcement Support Team, executed a search warrant at a home on Theodora Road.

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“This investigation was an excellent collaboration that succeeded in putting a stop to a local group who were allegedly putting guns in the hands of criminals,” said Cpl. Nick Brodeur, Kelowna RCMP Special Enforcement Team’s NCO-in-charge.

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“Guns obtained in this manner are often used in criminal activity and put our community in danger.”

Ely has been released from custody to appear at a later court date.

Police say the findings from its investigation into the gun trafficking led them to a related drug trafficking operation.

“This investigation resulted in search warrants at two Kelowna residences where a significant amount of cash and two vehicles were located and seized.”

No charges have been laid in that investigation, according to the Kelowna RCMP.

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