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Man charged after grenade launcher found in hotel

Aug 03 2012

A 28-year-old man has been charged after police found a grenade launcher in a Nanaimo hotel room.

Dustin Pacheo appeared in provincial court Thursday, a day after Mounties investigating a report of a firearm instead discovered a launcher.

Const. Gary O'Brien said two women who were also arrested in relation to the device have been released with no charges pending against either of them.

Pacheo is charged with unauthorized possession of both a firearm and an explosive device.

O'Brien said investigators are still trying to determine the origin of the grenade launcher.

Police have met with Canadian military officials, who say the item is not part of their weaponry.

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