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Three suspects released after Nanaimo RCMP find improvised bomb in car

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Three individuals are on Nanaimo’s streets after their car was pulled over and had an improvised explosive found inside.

On January 22nd early in the morning, RCMP officers pulled over a ‘suspicious’ older model Ford Focus after finding out it did not have valid insurance.

When investigating the car, officers found a stolen insurance decal, various weapons— such as a .12 gauge shotgun and an improvised firearm— unspecified drugs, several hundred dollars in cash, and an improvised explosive device. 

Three people were arrested, including a 31-year-old male from Vernon, a 23-year-old male, and a 28-year-old female, both from Nanaimo. Charges are currently pending, and all three have been released while investigation continues.

“This is an excellent example of General Duty Officers in Nanaimo conducting a thorough investigation of a suspicious vehicle,” said Constable Gary O’Brien of the Nanaimo RCMP. “That went from a straight forward charge under the Motor Vehicle Act charge for no insurance, to apprehending three persons and getting several extremely dangerous weapons off the streets.”

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The RCMP Explosives Disposal were consulted and recommended that the explosive be taken away until they have time to detonate it.

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