Thomas Barewski, a 31-year-old man from North Vancouver, is facing multiple criminal charges after a traffic stop netted police drugs and a loaded firearm.
On July 17, an officer conducted a traffic stop in the 1700 blk. of Main St, and arrested a driver who was found to be the subject of two arrest warrants.
A search of his vehicle yielded a loaded handgun, weapons, drugs packaged for sale, and police-like equipment including a holster, fake police badge, and gun belt.
Some of the items had been hidden in secret compartments throughout the vehicle.
A search warrant was later executed on the suspect’s home. During the search, investigators seized items consistent with the manufacturing of firearms, including 3D printers. They also seized weapons, fraudulent ID’s, suspected drugs, and drug paraphernalia.
“Obviously, the guns and drugs, especially the way they were concealed, cause us concern,” says Cst. Kevin Goodmurphy.
“The added presence of police-like items and things like 3D printers, elevates our level of concern.”
Police are unable to confirm any connection to the Lower Mainland gang conflict, but they continue to explore all avenues in the investigation.
“Our officers work closely with our police partners throughout the lower mainland, including the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit and Real Time Intelligence Centre,” says Cst. Goodmurphy. “We have industry-leading intelligence at our fingertips. Our officers are exceptional. And our investigative resources run deep.”