A man and a woman arrested following a late night traffic stop on Wednesday now face a combined 62 charges.
The stop occurred at 11:30 p.m. when a member on patrol in the Highland Green area located a suspicious vehicle in an alley.
As police approached the vehicle, it came to a stop in a parking lot. The male driver and female passenger attempted to walk away from the scene, but were detained by police without incident.
In a search of the vehicle, RCMP seized a loaded handgun and a loaded rifle which had been stolen during residential break-ins in Blackfalds and Sylvan Lake. They also seized knives, a hatchet and multiple cans of bear spray, as well as what's believed to be methamphetamine, cash believed to be proceeds of crime, and other items consistent with drug trafficking.
There were also large amounts of stolen ID.
“The Red Deer RCMP Pinpoint crime reduction strategy involves every Red Deer unit actively applying targeted attention to crime hot spots, to prolific offenders and to public safety,” says Inspector Gerald Grobmeier. “This duo faces 62 charges in total as a result of traffic enforcement efforts to help keep Red Deer as safe as possible on all levels of policing.”
Charged are 31-year-old Michael Onischuk, who faces 50 counts, and 29-year-old Chelsey Praski-O'Connor, who faces the other 12.
Both were remanded to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on Friday morning.
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