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Cache of weapons seized

Handguns, shotguns, rifles and even a replica Uzi are off Vancouver's streets thanks to what police say were the actions of observant patrol officers.

Police say the firearms were found after officers pulled over a car for a traffic violation in the city's downtown on Saturday night.

Police say the male driver was nervous, sweating profusely, had a strap protruding from under his jacket, and two unusual bulges under his arms.

During a search, police say the officers found two loaded handguns in shoulder holsters strapped to the man's body and a rifle and shotgun in the vehicle.

The gang-crime unit followed up, investigating an apartment in the city's west end, where police say officers found two more shotguns, three assault-style rifles and a replica Uzi.

A 45-five year old Vancouver resident, Alexander Bell, has been charged with multiple firearms offences and was expected to appear in court on Wednesday.

"Guns on our streets and the threat they pose to public safety remain a concern for police," says Inspector Scott Thompson, in a media release.

"We are thankful that some very good police work by our patrol officers, combined with the followup by the VPD gang-crime unit, has resulted in fewer of these guns in circulation.”

The Canadian Press

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