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Suspect stopped with car full of guns

A Ponoka man is in custody facing numerous weapon charges after city RCMP stopped him in a car filled with guns on Monday.

Stephen Richmond, 27, has been charged with 29 counts of weapon- and firearms-related offences, as well as three counts of possession of stolen property, possession of a controlled substance and Traffic Safety Act charges.

Red Deer RCMP say they stopped Richmond at 10:15 a.m. on 22nd Street near Gaetz Avenue after seeing the licence plate didn’t match his vehicle.

Officers saw numerous firearms in the back seat improperly stored for transport and later determined to be stolen, police say. They also say they found two hunting knives near the driver’s seat, more than 28 grams of marijuana and stolen personal ID cards.

Richmond will remain in custody until his first court appearance in Red Deer on Feb. 27.

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