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Oyama 'bomb' man charged

A 36-year-old Oyama man has been charged for allegedly possessing and making explosive devices. 

Late in August 2013 the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia (CFSEU-BC) received a tip that the man was making explosive devices in his West Kelowna home and was in the process of moving to a home in Oyama.

CFSEU-BC investigators arrested the man without incident at his home and search warrants were executed.

“Officers found what was described as “bomb-making equipment” in the Oyama home that consisted of modified timers, batteries, igniters, dismantled shotgun shells, a container of black powder, and small wooden boxes fitted with wiring,” explained CFSEU-BC Media Relations Officer, Sergeant Lindsey Houghton.

He says no fully-built bombs or explosive devices were found.

Their search also turned up 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.

“It was found that the man was also bound by a prohibition order involving explosive materials, devices, and weapons,” said Houghton.

John Jason Neufeld, has been charged with one count of possession of an explosive substance, one count of possession of an explosive substance while prohibited, one count of possession of a cross-bow while prohibited, and one count of possession of ammunition while prohibited.

He is no longer in custody and expected to make his next court appearance on April 28th, 2014 in Kelowna Provincial Court.


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