With information that there was an illegal weapon on the premises, police officers were not taking any chances when they raided a home on Lemarchant Street in Carbonear on Friday, Jan. 18.
With assistance from the RCMP emergency response team, officers with the Trinity Conception District executed a search warrant just before 10 a.m. and seized what appears to be a sawed off .22 calibre firearm.
Two adults males from the town — an 18-year-old and a man in his early 20s — were also brought into custody, and were scheduled to appear in provincial court later in the day on Friday.
The raid was initiated following information received by the police, said S/Sgt. Bud Bennett.
"They were both arrested without incident and the weapon was seized in the residence," said Bennett.
Bennett believes the suspects were attempting to sell the firearm.
When asked why a tactical team was called in, Bennett replied: "When there's a firearm involved and there's unknown intent on behalf of the suspect … we always err on the side of caution."
Meanwhile, in an unrelated incident, a 28-year-old male was arrested during the early hours of Jan. 18 in connection with a vehicle theft in Carbonear.
Police received a complaint of a stolen car — a 2002 Chevrolet Malibu — and later discovered the vehicle on Lily Pond Road, completely engulfed in flames.
The accused is facing charges of theft under $5,000, and arson.