Arsenal of firearms, heaps of drugs seized from Edmonton homes – Edmonton Sun
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Seven people are looking down the barrel at 150 firearm and drug charges after four city police busts at homes -- two where children resided -- across Edmonton.
"Violence is often associated with illegal drugs and firearms, and all four of these arrests occurred in residential neighbourhoods where families reside," said city police Sgt. Rich DeJong, of the Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement Unit (EDGE) after the $300,000 in seizures that included 23 firearms.
"Certainly, over the past two years, especially, we've seen a spike in the number of home invasions of drug traffickers using weapons to basically home invade other drug traffickers to steal their proceeds of crime as well as their drugs," added DeJong, noting there are no specific gangs linked to the busts.
EDGE, with the help of other city units including tactical, executed a warrant at a north-end home near 126 Avenue and 70 Street on April 17.
A total of 15 firearms were seized, five of which were stolen.
The firearms include nine barrelled rifles, three sawed-off .22 caliber rifles, two sawed-off shotguns, one long-barrel shotgun, 3,500 rounds of ammunition, and a bulletproof vest.
Investigators also seized a stolen motorcycle and quad estimated to be worth $18,000.
A 38-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman are facing a total of 60 firearm and child protection charges, the latter of which fall under the Child, Youth and Family Enhancement Act. Police said four children between age seven and two were rescued from the home.
Days later, on April 24, EDGE converged on a south-side home near 25 Avenue and 50 Street, executing warrants for firearms and drugs.
Investigators seized 713 grams of marijuana, 25 grams of methamphetamine, and 7.7 grams of cocaine.
Firearms seized include a .22 caliber rifle with homemade silencer, a 12-gauge shotgun, 582 rounds of ammunition, and two collapsible batons were also seized.
A 30-year-old man and 26-year-old woman are facing over 30 drug and firearm-related offences. In addition, the accused female was charged under Drug Endangered Children's Act legislation for having a child -- a male toddler -- in a dangerous environment.
The next day, on April 25, EDGE investigators executed drug and firearm warrants at home on Richfield Road in Mill Woods.
Seizures in that case included:
- Fentanyl (2,296 pills of 80 mg each) with an estimated street value of $115,000;
- Heroin (263 gms) with an estimated street value of close to $85,000;
- Marijuana (13.725 pounds) with an estimated street value of close to $29,000;
- Phenacetin (4,380 gms) with an estimated street value of $20,000;
- Ketamine (259 gms) with an estimated street value of $10,400;
- Cocaine hydrochloride (84 gms) with a street value of $6,400;
- Crack cocaine (23 gms) with an estimated street value of close to $1,200.
The seizure of fentanyl is particularly alarming to police.
Investigators also seized several firearms including a fully automatic MAC 10 machine gun with a 50-round magazine, a pump action 12-gauge shotgun with a 15-round magazine, a 9mm handgun with a six-round magazine, ammunition, a Department of National Defence-issued fragmentation protective vest and close to $10,000 in Canadian currency.
Nathaniel Bradley De Vries, 23, is facing 25 drug- and firearm-related offences and breach of existing conditions.
Finally, on April 30, investigators executed drug and firearm warrants at a west-end home near 96 Avenue and 156 Street.
Police seized eight grams of methamphetamine, 18 grams of cocaine, and 16 hydromorphone pills at two mg each.
Firearms seized included a stolen 12-gauge shotgun, a 12-gauge sawed-off shotgun, a 410-gauge sawed-off shotgun and ammunition.
Kristopher Renz, 29, is charged with 23 firearm offenses and three CDSA offences.
Christopher Browne, 25, is charged with 11 firearm offences and two CDSA offences.
- With files from Trevor Robb
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