Stun Guns Headed for Medicine Hat Seized

Medicine Hat… Stun guns destined for Medicine Hat were seized following a joint investigation between Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

ALERT Medicine Hat, an integrated team consisting of Medicine Hat Police Service and RCMP members, seized the stun guns on June 11. The stun guns were designed to look like flashlights but with a flick of a switch were capable of delivering a high-voltage electrical shock.

The investigation began when CBSA officers at the International Mail Centre in Vancouver intercepted a package containing five stuns guns.  The package originated in Singapore and was destined for an address in Alberta.  The CBSA referred the file to ALERT who conducted a follow up investigation.

ALERT arrested Jacobus Vermee on June 11 at his Medicine Hat home, where additional prohibited weapons were seized, including a variety of edged weapons and a blow-dart gun. The 52-year-old Medicine Hat man is charged with possession of a prohibited weapon (x 3) and importing a prohibited device.

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.