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Gang member in court

A longtime member of the Independent Soldiers gang and his girlfriend were set to appear Tuesday in a Kelowna courtroom.

Donahugh Fredrick McWhirter, 43, and his girlfriend, Brittany Marie Stinn, who are both from Lake Country, were arrested in January by the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C.

RCMP at the time said CFSEU had been looking into a Kelowna-based Independent Soldier allegedly recruiting new members for a planned resurgence of the gang.

Following their arrest, police raided a home on the 3000 block of Jolinda Court in Lake Country.

During the raid, police seized a prohibited, high-powered handgun, a 20-gauge shotgun, AR-style .22 calibre rifle, assorted ammunition, a crossbow and drug paraphernalia.

McWhirter faces 10 charges, including multiple counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

Stinn is now before the courts on five charges, including two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and three counts of unauthorized possession of a firearm.

McWhirter and Stinn will appear in Supreme Court for a pre-trial conference, which could last several days.

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