Pictou County District RCMP and Victoria County District RCMP have seized 3D printed firearms as part of Operation Reproduction.
On June 20, 2023, Pictou County District RCMP executed a search warrant at a home, in a school zone, on Walkerville Rd. in Priestville as part of Operation Reproduction. RCMP officers located three people in the home and during the search, RCMP officers located and seized a 3D printer, 23 firearms, an extendable baton, two suppressors, a pistol tactical long gun conversion kit, a 3D printed extended magazine and brass knuckles. One of the firearms seized was a 3D printed handgun that was being actively printed at the time the search warrant was executed. The investigation remains ongoing and charges are anticipated.
At the same time, Victoria County District RCMP executed a search warrant at a home on the Cabot Trail in Middle River. RCMP officers safely arrested two people and during the search, RCMP officers located and seized a 3D printer, resin, 16 firearms, 16 boxes of ammunition, and electronic devices. The woman that was arrested was released without charge and the man who was arrested was released on conditions. The man will appear in court at a later date.
The investigations were assisted by Nova Scotia RCMP Federal and Serious Organized Crime, Pictou County District RCMP General Investigation Section, Antigonish/Guysborough RCMP Street Crime Enforcement Unit and the Canada Border Services Agency.
The Nova Scotia RCMP continues to work with our partners to address crime in our communities. These investigations highlight what can be achieved when enforcement partners work together. Proactive crime reduction strategies and intelligence led investigations, like these ones, help keep our communities safe and represent the dedication and commitment of our investigators to that goal.
More information on Operation Reproduction can be found here: Multi-province partnership leads to seizure of privately made firearms | Royal Canadian Mounted Police (rcmp-grc.gc.ca)