From Blackfalds RCMP:
Following the execution of a search warrant on Jan. 17, 14 insecure firearms were seized at a residence, including one that was reported stolen earlier at a break and enter in Ponoka. As well, a stolen vehicle has been recovered. One male has been charged and remains in custody.
On the morning of Jan. 17 a Blackfalds General Investigation Section (GIS) member was conducting patrols when he located a stolen vehicle at a residence on Westridge Drive.
With the assistance of Sylvan Lake RCMP GIS and Lacombe Police Service, a search warrant was granted and executed at the residence associated to the stolen vehicle.
Inside the residence, several insecure firearms were seized. The male who was arrested without incident at the residence was on a court order prohibiting him from possessing firearms.
49-year-old Kevin John Brown of Blackfalds has been charged with the following:
- Possession of property obtained by crime, less than $5,000 (x2)
- Unsafe storage of a firearm (x12)
- Fail to comply (x15)
He was remanded into custody following a judicial hearing and will be appearing in Red Deer Provincial Court on Jan. 21, 2019.
Since 2018, Blackfalds RCMP has secured funding for a two-person plainclothes GIS. Red Deer County and Lacombe County each fund a position. This unit was established to tackle serious crimes, and crimes linked between jurisdictions. The primary focus of the GIS is to dedicate time to identifying underlying causes of crimes and to try to prevent them.