Courtenay man, 32, faces weapons, drug charges

More than a dozen charges have been laid against a Courtenay man six months after a massive cache of weapons was seized from his home.

Bryce Cameron McDonald, 32, is charged with one count each of careless storage of a firearm, storage of a firearm contrary to storage regulations, possession of a restricted firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a controlled substance, and eight counts of possession of a firearm in an unauthorized place.

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McDonald was the target of a month-long investigation by members of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, which targets gang crime in B.C.

He was arrested Dec. 19, the same day an RCMP emergency response team raided two homes and a storage locker in Courtenay.

Inside the storage locker and lockbox police found 19 firearms, including five handguns, 11 rifles, three shotguns and one loaded nine-millimetre semi-automatic handgun. Police also found thousands of rounds of ammunition, firearms parts, a Taser, a baton, and brass knuckles.

Officers also seized six grams of crack cocaine, a machete and equipment believed to be used for the sale of drugs.

McDonald's next court appearance is July 10 at 9 a.m. in Courtenay.

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