Lengthy sentence handed out to Red Deer man caught with weapons

A Red Deer man caught carrying a small arsenal of weapons in his vehicle on Hwy 2 has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison.

A Red Deer man caught carrying a small arsenal of weapons in his vehicle on Hwy 2 has been sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison.

Ian Russell Hunt, 24, pleaded guilty to 11 charges in Red Deer provincial court on Friday.

He was facing 34 charges in two separate incidents before changing his plea.

In addition to guilty pleas to 10 weapon offences, Hunt pleaded guilty to two counts of possession of a narcotic for the purpose of trafficking and a single count of breaching a court order.

Hunt was stopped by RCMP near Olds on Dec. 2, 2008, when they found numerous prohibited weapons, several of which had been stolen from residences and outdoor businesses in Red Deer and other Central Alberta locations. Police also found more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition.

Sawed off shotguns, rifles, handguns and at least one AK 47 assault rifle were discovered, Crown prosecutor Robin Fiander told court.