Search warrant nets guns and cocaine

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One man was arrested for drug and firearm related charges after a search warrant was executed in August.

On Aug. 31 St. Albert RCMP searched an apartment in the Grandin area and seized multiple firearms and an undisclosed amount of crack cocaine.

A 29-year-old male has been charged with the unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a firearm, possession of a weapon obtained by crime, possession of a firearm with a tampered serial number, possession of property obtained by crime, three counts of unsafe storage of a firearm and drug possession for the purpose of trafficking.

The RCMP is not releasing the name of the accused due to an ongoing investigation. He is scheduled to appear in court on Sept. 18.

The charges are laid after an ongoing investigation into an incident that took place in July 2017.

On July 1 around 12:30 a.m., two men, one wearing a balaclava entered a basement suite on Gainsborough Avenue. They entered the building by pushing in a large fan that was seated in an open window.

The lone male occupant struggled with one of the suspects and then fled the apartment by the door to the hallway. The tenant suffered a scratch on his right forearm.

Both suspects left the apartment through the window and fled the area.

Nothing was taken from the residence.

St. Albert RCMP searched the area along with the assistance of the K Division RCMP Police Dog Service unit, but was unable to locate the suspects.

The RCMP believes that the suspects targeted the unit because they were looking for certain property within the apartment. The RCMP does not feel that this was a random home invasion.

Police are still looking for one of the suspects. He is described as an Aboriginal male in his mid-20s. He stands around five-feet, nine-inches and has a slight build with black hair and a small star tattoo under his left eye.

If you have information about this incident, please call the St. Albert RCMP at 780-458-7700 or call your local police.  If you wish to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), by internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by text message (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).

The St. Albert RCMP also has a Drug Tip Line, 780-460-3784, where members of the community can call anonymously to report information related to suspected drug trafficking.

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Jennifer Henderson

Jennifer Henderson joined the St. Albert Gazette in 2016. She writes about municipal, provincial and federal politics; court and crime; general news and features.