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87 drug and weapons charges laid against 10 people in downtown Edmonton

Posted by on 24/08/2019

After seizing meth, marijuana, contraband tobacco, weapons, ammunition, drug-trafficking paraphernalia and swords during traffic stops and search warrants, Edmonton police have charged 10 people with 87 offences.

Between mid-June and early July, downtown division officers conducted several investigations “to deter the trafficking of controlled substances in Edmonton’s downtown core,” police said.

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    During a traffic stop on June 28 near 116 Street and 104 Avenue, officers found 67 grams of meth, bags of marijuana and drug-trafficking paraphernalia. They also found a sword, a loaded gun and ammunition as well as several other weapons. A number of cell phones were also found.

    During that traffic stop, 38-year-old Nancy Chouinard and 29-year-old Brandon Cardinal were arrested. Both are facing a number of charges, including possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of a restricted firearm that police said was loaded at the time.

    On July 1, police executed a search warrant at an apartment in the area of 106 Street and 107 Avenue. They seized 1.4 kilograms of marijuana, nearly $20,000 in cash and contraband tobacco.

    David Petric, 60, was arrested near the apartment and charged with two counts of trafficking a controlled substance and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

    On July 7, a search warrant was executed near 109 Avenue and 82 Street, where officers found meth, marijuana, scales, drug bags and a sword.

    Hans Behrens, 52, was arrested and charged with two counts of trafficking a controlled substance, possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of an offensive weapon dangerous to the public.

    Six other people were arrested and charged over the course of the investigations for offences related to trafficking meth, GHB and cocaine.

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