Trail man arrested outside hardware store

A Trail businessman who was already on the police radar for allegedly selling prohibited weapons at his hemp and new-and-used store is now also being charged with theft under $5,000.

A Trail businessman who was already on the police radar for allegedly selling prohibited weapons at his hemp and new-and-used store is now also being charged with theft under $5,000.

Casey LeMoel was arrested May 10 when he was found with tools on him outside of Trail’s Maglio Building Supply, according to Trail RCMP Sgt. Rob Hawton.

He will appear in Rossland court on July 7.

In a separate incident earlier this year, LeMoel is also facing charges of two counts of possession of prohibited weapons, and one count of unlawfully transferring prohibited weapons.

After securing a search warrant at LeMoel’s business, Bargain Pawn Shop, in the Gulch this October, RCMP officers discovered brass knuckles, butterfly knives and pepper spray for sale. Police seized the weapons and continued investigating.

He will appear in Rossland court Feb. 28 and 29 of next year regarding this matter.

The pawn shop stood out last summer when it came to light that a legal, yet, controversial drug was for sale called salvia divinorum – a hallucinogenic drug that comes in the form of dried leaves or a form of extract.

The city asked LeMoel to cease the sale of the product or said the matter would be advanced to council to consider the suspension or cancellation of his business license.