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Charged with trafficking guns

A 37-year-old Langley man has been arrested for shipping gun parts in the mail.

US authorities contacted the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of BC (CFSEU-BC) in May about Bradley Michael Friesen, who they suspected of selling Glock auto sears and switches over the internet.

These gun parts allow Glock pistols to be converted to fully automatic and silenced weapons.

Local authorities began surveillance on Friesen and observed him mailing packages of auto sears and silencers to addresses in Canada, the US and Australia. They also followed him to what they believed to be his workshop in Langley.

When Friesen visited the NK'Mip campground in Osoyoos on July 16, officers obtained a search warrant for his residence in the 21000 block of 95A Avenue in Langley, his pickup truck, his workshop, and both his van and tent at the campsite.

That same day authorities in Tucson, Arizona announced they had indicted Friesen on weapons trafficking charges and were seeking his extradition to the US.

The following day he was arrested without incident at the campground with his five-year-old child.

Police found numerous firearms and firearms-related prohibited devices in his van, including:

  • 1 CZ858 fully automatic assault rifle, loaded (“unpinned”) 75-round drum magazine, and loaded (“unpinned”) 40-round magazine
  • 1 AR 15 assault rifle (converted to fire fully automatic)
  • 1 Sten sub machine gun with 32-round “unpinned” magazine and ammunition
  • 32 Glock auto switches (prohibited devices)
  • 7 “silencers” (sound suppressors)
  • Numerous “unpinned” and “pinned” magazines with ammunition

The search of his residence resulted in the seizure of:

  • 1 CZ858 semi-automatic rifle
  • Books on constructing silencers
  • Baffles used in the making of silencers
  • 1 AR 15 receiver
  • Approximately 10 “silencers” (sound suppressors)
  • 30-round Glock magazine (“pinned” at 10 rounds)

A search of his nearby workshop, also in the 21000-block of 95A Avenue in Langley, resulted in officers locating the lathe that investigators believe Friesen was allegedly using to manufacture silencers, various firearms parts, and ammunition. A total of approximately 2,500 rounds of various calibres of ammunition was also seized from the various locations.

Friesen has been charged with:

  • Weapons Trafficking (manufacturing or transferring for consideration) – two counts
  • Possession for the purpose of weapons trafficking – two counts
  • Importing or exporting knowing it is unauthorized – one count
  • Importing or exporting knowing it is unauthorized (components/parts designed for use in the manufacture of or assembly into an automatic firearm) – one count
  • Importing or exporting knowing it is unauthorized (firearm, prohibited devices, prohibited ammunition, etc) – one count
  • Possession contrary to prohibition order – two counts

The CFSEU-BC says Friesen is currently in custody and more charges are imminent. 

He has a previous criminal record for an attempted murder with a firearm that took place in Penticton 11 years ago, along with a lifetime firearms ban.

Friesen is also believed to be connected to several mid-level crime groups in the province.

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