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Child Endangerment Charges after Handguns, Drugs Seized in St. Albert and Edmonton Homes

Child Endangerment Charges after Handguns, Drugs Seized in St. Albert and Edmonton Homes

Edmonton… An Edmonton suspected drug dealer is facing 40 criminal offences, including child endangerment charges, after ALERT seized handguns and drugs from homes in west Edmonton and St. Albert.

ALERT Edmonton, an integrated team consisting of Edmonton Police Service, RCMP, and Alberta Sheriffs members, made the arrest and executed two search warrants on November 20. ALERT seized nearly $60,000 in drugs and cash, and located five loaded handguns.

None of the five handguns were being stored properly, and were either loaded or had ammunition in close proximity. One of the handguns, a 40-caliber Glock, was equipped with a laser sight and had its serial number removed. The children living in the home could have easily accessed the guns or drugs.

Six children, between the ages of 5-14, were in the west Edmonton home at the time of the search. ALERT took every precaution to minimize the impact on the children and EPS Child at Risk Response Team attended the scene to provide assistance. The children are presently staying with another family member.

ALERT began the investigation in late September after receiving information about the accused’s suspected drug trafficking activities. The search warrants resulted in the seizure of:

  • 5 loaded, restricted handguns;
  • 77 rounds of ammunition;
  • Prohibited conducted energy weapon;
  • 334 grams of cocaine;
  • 310 grams of a cocaine buffing agent;
  • 200 ecstasy pills;
  • 113 grams of marihuana;
  • Drug trafficking paraphernalia;
  • Three vehicles as offense-related property;
  • $20,550 cash proceeds of crime.

A 39-year-old Edmonton man, who is not being named by ALERT in order to protect the identity of the children, is facing a total of 40 criminal charges, including:

  • Drug trafficking;
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (x 3);
  • Careless/unsafe storage of a firearm (x 5);
  • Unauthorized possession of a firearm (x 5);
  • Possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition (x 5);
  • Tampering with a firearm’s serial number;
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon;
  • Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle;
  • Child abandonment;
  • Causing a child to be drug endangered (x 6);
  • Causing a child to be in need of intervention (x 6);
  • Breach of recognizance (x 5).

The children’s mother, a 30-year-old woman has also been charged with causing a child to be drug endangered (x 6), causing a child to be in need of intervention (x 6), abandoning a child, and additional firearms and drug charges.

Both appeared in Edmonton court on November 24. The man has been remanded in custody and is scheduled for his next court appearance on November 27.

ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Alberta Sheriffs, Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Regional Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.

Protecting Kids Online | Internet Child Exploitation

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2023-24

2022-23

2021-22

FILE INTAKES

680

872

1,149

1,114

3,815

2,994

2,764

SUSPECTS CHARGED

22

16

34

37

109

81

125

CHARGES LAID

87

45

123

160

415

351

413

CHILDREN RESCUED

26

78

56

43

203

46

100

EXHIBITS SEIZED

335

368

545

476

1,724

1,243

1,845

TOTAL PHOTOS/VIDEOS

262,400

511,133

1,374,310

606,254

2,754,097

2,551,921

13,260,819

Stopping Human Trafficking | HUMAN TRAFFICKING & COUNTER EXPLOITATION

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2023-24

2022-23

2021-22

SUSPECTS CHARGED

13

10

7

4

34

30

76

CHARGES LAID

79

46

87

19

231

96

157

VICTIM INTERVENTIONS

30

29

17

37

113

28

22

Intelligence & Expertise | CISA / Training

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2023-24

2022-23

2021-22

INTELLIGENCE REPORTS

409

296

327

442

1,474

1,560

1,318

TRAINING COURSES

5

3

8

11

27

36

25

CANDIDATES TRAINED

321

56

135

350

862

933

638

Disrupt & Dismantle Organized Crime | Combined Special Forces Enforcement

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2023-24

2022-23

2021-22

SUSPECTS CHARGED

40

27

42

32

141

197

168

CHARGES LAID

176

156

237

231

800

1,088

820

FIREARMS SEIZED

105

53

26

48

232

102

126

EST. VALUE OF DRUGS SEIZED

$906,814

$553,851

$2,725,161

$1,148,337

$5,334,163

$10,898,269

$334,093,020

PROCEEDS OF CRIME SEIZED

$218,133

$52,970

$130,996

$230,195

$632,294

$1,432,847

$21,740,617

ANNUAL Regional ResultS

ARRESTS

CHARGES

FIREARMS

DRUGS

PROCEEDS

CALGARY

24

110

14

$937,422

$65,881

EDMONTON

17

131

45

$592,839

$272,446

FORT MCMURRAY

8

78

4

$352,942

$144,301

GRANDE PRAIRIE

7

17

13

$192,145

$31,855

LETHBRIDGE

7

29

44

$349,773

$51,245

LLOYDMINSTER

24

93

41

$164,134

$12,504

MEDICINE HAT

37

179

13

$293,108

$7,861

RED DEER

17

163

58

$2,451,800

$46,201

TOTALS

141

800

232

$5,334,163

$632,294

Organized Property Crimes | Auto Crimes

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2023-24

2022-23

2021-22

SUSPECTS CHARGED

1

1

2

1

10

CHARGES LAID

11

47

STOLEN VEHICLES

23

15

1

6

45

245

118

RECOVERED ASSETS

$1,432,000

$941,025

$108,000

$260,000

$2,741025

$8,420,500

$3,919,500

Firearms investigations | Firearms lab & Gang suPpression teams

Q1

Q2

Q3

Q4

2023-24

2022-23

2021-22

FIREARMS EXAMINATIONS

349

351

243

235

1,178

EXHIBIT EXAMINATIONS

1,316

1,409

891

1,099

4,715

SERIAL NUMBER RESTORATIONS

31

34

19

24

108

IBIS SUBMISSIONS

343

421

1,334

304

2,402

GUN SEIZURES

1

14

15

SUSPECTS CHARGED

4

22

26

CHARGES LAID

41

144

185

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