Firearms Manufacturing Charge Approval in CFSEU-BC’s IFET Investigation

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of British Columbia’s (CFSEU-BC’s) Illegal Firearms Enforcement Team (IFET) has secured criminal charges against an individual in relation to a 2022 investigation into firearms manufacturing.

In December 2021, CFSEU-BC received information that led them to begin an investigation into the manufacturing of Privately Made Firearms (PMF’s) in the Thompson Okanagan region of British Columbia.

The investigation progressed and on January 28, 2022 a male was arrested and a warrant was executed at his residence in Heffley Creek, B.C., where the following items were seized:

  • Tactical style shot gun
  • Ammunition and Magazines
  • 3D Printer used in the manufacturing of firearms
  • 3 Receivers printed using the aforementioned 3D printer
  • Body Armour

On October 10, 2023 the BC Prosecution Service approved charges against Adrian Picketts-Yoxall, a 31-year-old male from Heffley Creek, B.C., with the following offences;

    • Two (2) Counts of Firearms Manufacturing, Sec. 991(1) C.C.
    • Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, Sec. 92(2) C.C.
    • Unsafe storage of a Non-restricted Firearm, Sec. 86(2) C.C.
    • Possession of a Firearm Contrary to Order, Sec. 117.01(1) C.C.
    • Unauthorized Possession of a Non-Restricted Firearm, Sec. 92(1) C.C.

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Picketts-Yoxall. If anyone knows of Picketts-Yoxall’s location please contact your local police or Crime Stoppers.

“The focused work done by CFSEU-BC’s Crime Guns Intelligence and Investigations Group (CGIIG) in collaboration with partner agencies is integral when developing strategies to remove illegal firearms, such as privately manufactured firearms, off the streets and out of the hands of individuals who may use them in acts of gun violence,” says Sergeant Ben Robinson of CFSEU-BC IFET. “Illegal firearms, such as those made in someone’s home, are a major focus for police across Canada. CFSEU-BC is working closely with its partners across the province to investigate and disrupt the people and groups who may seek to illegally make and sell firearms.”

CFSEU-BC would like to thank our partner agencies for their assistance in this investigation; National Weapons Enforcement Support Team, Kamloops Target Enforcement Unit, Southeast District General Investigative Section, Southeast District Emergency Response Team, and Canadian Border Services Agency.


CFSEU-BC Media Relations Officer: Sergeant Brenda Winpenny

Desk: 778-290-4677
Mobile: 604-838-6800


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