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No bail for Red Deer man arrested in raid

Bail has been denied for one of three men jointly charged after police raided his apartment in Red Deer early in December.

Four of six people inside the apartment were arrested on Dec. 9 by RCMP officers acting on a tip. Police allege that their search uncovered a variety of weapons, including a 9-mm handgun.

Jointly charged with a variety of weapons offences are Benjamin Bjarnason, 26, Chase Callihoo, 24, and Devon Watson, 27.

Jamie Symes, 27, was charged separately with breaching conditions of probation and possession of a controlled substance.

Charges were not laid against two women who were also inside the apartment.

Bjarnason appeared in person in Red Deer provincial court on Tuesday, represented by Ponoka lawyer Norman Clair.

Judge Gordon Deck denied Clair’s application to have his client released. Grounds for the denial cannot be made public.

Bjarnason, Watson and Callihoo are to return to court on March 15 to enter their pleas.

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