An Okanagan man has been arrested and a variety of explosives-related charges are expected, following a Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit investigation.
Early last week, police received a tip that a 36-year-old man was making explosive devices in his West Kelowna home and was in the process of moving to Oyama. Investigators arrested the man without incident at his home on Aug. 28Â and search warrants were executed at both the West Kelowna and Oyama residences.
Officers found what is being described as "bomb-making equipment" in the Oyama home - modified timers, batteries, igniters, dismantled shotgun shells, a container of black powder and small wooden boxes fitted with wiring. No fully-built bombs or explosive devices were found.
Also found in the searches were several compound bows, a crossbow, brass knuckles, two semi-automatic assault-style rifles with over-capacity magazines, as well as a small amount of marijuana.
The man is bound by a prohibition order involving explosive materials, devices and weapons. In addition to breach of the order, charges of possession of an explosive substance, firearms and controlled substance-related charges are being considered.
The man has a criminal record and has been remanded into custody and transported to Alberta regarding an unrelated criminal matter.
Investigators are exploring the man's connections to gang activity. It is unknown if any devices made by the man have been used in criminal acts.
There is no indication he was involved in terrorist activity.