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Duncan man guilty of weapons offences

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Luke Gregory Massey, 35, from Duncan pleaded guilty last week to weapons charges and was sentenced to three years in prison.

The charges and conviction comes after a criminal investigation that began in the Duncan area in 2013.

Police had alleged that Massey had been acting as a "straw purchaser" of firearms, in which he would purchase firearms for someone who couldn't legally purchase them.

He was found guilty of one count of possession for the purpose of weapons trafficking, and one count of reporting an offence committed when it was not.

Massey was the second man to be convicted as part of related police investigations that began in 2013 in the Duncan area and saw a number of raids that confiscated more than 22 firearms and thousands of rounds of ammunition.

In September, 2016, Jason Donald Whyte, now 45, pleaded guilty to a number of weapons charges and was handed an eight-year sentence.

He was found guilty of one count of possession for the purpose of weapons trafficking, one count of possession of a loaded or prohibited weapon, one count of possession of a firearm knowing its possession is unauthorized, and one count of possession of a firearm or ammunition contrary to a prohibition order.

"These guilty pleas demonstrate the persistence of law enforcement to ensure that an investigation is successful from start to close, and that two dangerous individuals who viewed themselves as above the law were put in jail," said Sgt. Brenda Winpenny, from the Combined Forces Special Enforcement of B.C.

"Not only were two dangerous individuals taken off our streets, but so too were weapons with the potential to bring violence into our communities. The CFSEU-BC is always working to ensure that our streets remain safe."

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