RCMP Eastman Traffic Services are reporting that a 39-year-old Winnipeg man has been arrested and charged resulting from a traffic stop that led to the discovery of a hand gun and alcohol.

On January 7, 2024, at approximately 10:55am, an RCMP Eastman Traffic Services officer was doing traffic enforcement on Highway 1, in the RM of Tache, when a car was spotted with no front licence plate, traveling well below the speed limit. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle, but was unsuccessful at first. Police noted that after several minutes, the vehicle did come to a stop on the side of the highway.

Police say that after approaching the vehicle, the officer noticed alcohol in plain sight. Also seen in the vehicle was drug paraphernalia, consistent with methamphetamine use.

RCMP report that the 39-year-old male driver, from Winnipeg, was subsequently arrested. Upon arrest, the officer located a handgun and ammunition in the suspect’s jacket.

Investigation determined that the suspect was on a weapons prohibition order from the court. Members also discovered that the vehicle had been stolen in Winnipeg and was bearing a stolen Ontario licence plate.

Police later learned that the lower portion of the handgun was 3D printed.

RCMP report that Ross Michael Ward is now facing charges of possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a concealed weapon, breach of conditions and possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000. Ward also received a ticket for having open liquor in the vehicle.