Edmonton… ALERT has executed a number of search warrants across Alberta as part of a Canada-wide operation related to illicit firearms trafficking and manufacturing. Project Reproduction was being led by Quebec’s integrated team against firearms trafficking, known as EILTA.
ELITA, Équipe intégrée de lutte au trafic d’armes, is a joint forces initiative comprised of Sûreté du Québec, the Montreal Police Service, RCMP, and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Here is the original release.
Based on criminal intelligence provided by EILTA, ALERT conducted a number of search warrants on June 21, 2023 at homes in Grande Prairie, Penhold, Innisfail, Brooks, Lloydminster, and Onoway.
ALERT’s investigations are ongoing. Numerous 3D-printed firearms and other firearms parts have been seized and are currently being analyzed. A news conference with further details will be held in the near future.
“This cross-Canada investigation has highlighted the divergence of technology and organized crime. These 3D-printed firearms are self-produced crime guns designed to evade detection, or modify existing firearms in a prohibited capacity,” said Supt. Marc Cochlin, ALERT CEO.
In addition to Alberta, numerous searches were carried out in Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Manitoba, and Saskatchewan.
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.