Vancouver traffic violation turns into firearms bust
Guns seized by Vancouver police after a traffic stop in downtown Vancouver on April 5. (PHOTO SUBMITTED)
Signaling and passing traffic violations turned into a weapons bust last week when officers realized the man they pulled over in downtown Vancouver had two guns strapped to his torso and two more in the trunk.
Const. Brian Montague said on Wednesday they found a shotgun and rifle in the trunk and — after further investigation — went to a home in the West End where they found another two shotguns, three assault-style rifles and a replica Uzi.
Alexander Bell, 45, faces multiple counts of firearms offences. Montague said he was arrested immediately at the Thurlow and Hastings intersection where he was pulled over.
Bell is formerly known as Garth Alexander Perry.
Montague said the man tipped off police officers because he was sweating and shaking when speaking with them and had bulges under his arms, and a strap was visible beneath his outerwear.
He said the man wasn’t on police radar before and has no known gang affiliations. Police are now looking at whether the guns were related to any other crimes.