Quebec man facing weapons charges after RCMP find weapons, homemade bombs

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QUEBEC — A Quebec man is facing weapons charges after RCMP officers found about 10 homemade bombs as well as firearms, ammunition and weapons at his home.

RCMP say in a news release that 47-year-old Karl Maheux of Ancienne-Lorette was arrested Friday and is facing charges of possession of prohibited devices without a licence and careless storage of a restricted weapon.

Officers searched Maheux's Quebec City-area home after the Canada Border Services Agency intercepted a package containing a silencer designed to muffle the sound of a gun.

The news release say RCMP officers found about 10 homemade bombs, chemicals including potassium nitrate, firearms, silencers, ammunition and prohibited weapons, including weapons similar to brass knuckles.

Police say explosives experts had to be called in, and that several residences were evacuated to ensure public safety.

They say Maheux appeared in court Sunday by video conference and was released with conditions pending his next court appearance on March 19.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 8, 2021.

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