Man faces trial on drug, weapons charges

A Ponoka man pulled over because his licence plate didn’t match his vehicle will go to trial in November on weapons and drug charges that were laid as a result.

A Ponoka man pulled over because his licence plate didn’t match his vehicle will go to trial in November on weapons and drug charges that were laid as a result.

Red Deer City RCMP searched the vehicle after pulling Stephen James Richmond over in a traffic stop at about 10:15 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 18. RCMP allege that they found guns in the back seat, hunting knives in proximity to the driver’s seat, a number of stolen ID cards and just over 28 grams of marijuana.

Richmond, 27, is charged with 27 weapons charges, three counts of possession of stolen property, one count of possession of marijuana and a number of traffic offences.

Defence counsel Lorne Goddard entered a plea of not guilty on his behalf in Red Deer provincial court on Wednesday morning, setting the afternoon of Nov. 1 for trial.

Richmond goes to trial on May 24 on separate charges. He is charged with uttering threats over the phone on Nov. 25, 2012.

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