A pair of search warrants conducted earlier this month in Red Deer has led to charges against three men.
RCMP from Red Deer and Sylvan Lake RCMP, the Alberta Emergency Response Team, and the Alberta RCMP Explosive Device Unit were involved in the searches on April 6 and April 13.
The searches came following an investigation into a report of forcible confinement alleged to have taken place in mid-April in Red Deer when a man was held against his will at a residence by several men who were known to him. Police say the investigation evolved to include a search for numerous firearms that had been stolen in a series of break and enters and other property crimes in the area.
The investigation also resulted in further charges being laid with relation to several break and enter files in Sylvan Lake and Red Deer earlier in April. Recovered property included credit and debit cards, cheques and other personal documents from crimes committed in Boyle, Blackfalds and area, Sylvan Lake, Red Deer, Red Deer County and Bonnyville, and included property linked to thefts from numerous businesses in Red Deer and surrounding area.
Red Deer RCMP seized 14 firearms, explosives, thousands of rounds of ammunition and numerous credit and debit cards during a search warrant at a residence in the Normandeau neighbourhood on April 6. Red Deer RCMP then seized two more firearms and a replica firearm during the search warrant at a Highland Green residence on April 13, as well as ammunition and small amounts of what is believed to be fentanyl and several other Schedule I and Schedule II drugs.
“It’s quite common for an investigation such as this to lead to other investigations, as violence, theft, firearms offences and identity theft are often linked,” says Sergeant Eric McKenzie of the Red Deer RCMP. “Our continuous sharing of intelligence with our policing partners is such an important part of these successes, as we see more and more criminal activity across various jurisdictions.”
Robert James Martin, 34, faces the following charges:
• Unauthorized possession of a firearm
• Unauthorized possession of a weapon
• Careless use of a firearm
• Break and enter non-dwelling place X 2
• Possess break-in instruments
• Possession of stolen property under $5,000 X 12
• Possession of stolen property over $5,000
• Illegal possession or trafficking in government documents
Martin faces additional charges related to a break-in to a trailer in Sylvan Lake on March 22 in which three firearms and some fishing gear were stolen.
Mitchell Huber, 22, faces the following charges on several related files:
• Forcible confinement
• Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose
• Unauthorized possession of firearm
• Possession of firearm with tampered serial number
• Knowing possession of unauthorized firearm
• Careless storage of firearm
• Fail to comply with probation X 4
Paul Andrew Woods, 36, is charged with Assault and Forcible confinement.
RCMP continue to investigate, and further charges may be laid as the investigations proceed.
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