Firearm and drugs seized

Sunshine Coast

2020-10-14 11:36 PDT

File # 2020-7189

On Saturday October 10th at approximately 2:00 pm, Sunshine Coast RCMP performed a traffic stop with an older model blue SUV on Wharf Avenue by Friendship Park. The driver and lone occupant, known to police to have a suspended licence, was arrested without incident. During the search, police located a handgun concealed on his person. A further search of the vehicle located ammunition, thousands of dollars of cash and illicit drugs believed to be cocaine and methamphetamine in quantities consistent with drug trafficking.

Matthew Alan Payne, age 37 of Sechelt, BC was held in custody and made an appearance in Sechelt Provincial Court on October 13, 2020. He remains in custody facing multiple Criminal Code firearms charges. Charges under the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act are anticipated as the investigation continues.

This is the 28th firearm seized through on-going police investigations over the past 6 weeks on the Sunshine Coast. These numbers are unprecedented and much of it is as a result of good old fashioned police work.

"Our employees are committed to targeting drug dealers and the violence and property crime that follows. I am proud of the great work that's been done lately by our frontline officers and specialized units. These investigations are complex and labour intensive but contribute directly to the safety and security of our residents" says S/Sgt. Poppy Hallam.


Released by

Cst. Karen Whitby

Media Relations Officer
Sunshine Coast RCMP (English only)
5800 Teredo St. Sechelt, BC V0N 3A0
Office: 604-885-2266
Fax: 604-885-9473


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