Man facing several drug, weapons charges

A man charged with drug and weapons offences involving a “zip gun” in relation to a raid on a home in Anders on June 23 will be back in court next week.

A man charged with drug and weapons offences involving a “zip gun” in relation to a raid on a home in Anders on June 23 will be back in court next week.

Nabil Abdulla, 21, of Red Deer, has been charged with possession of property obtained by crime, unauthorized possession of a firearm, two counts of possession of a prohibited firearm with ammunition, two counts of careless use of a firearm, possession for the purpose of trafficking, two counts of possession of interception devices for the interception of private communication and two counts of possession of drugs.

The charges are in relation to a raid by Red Deer City RCMP last week.

Police used a battering ram and smashed open a home along Addington Drive on the afternoon of June 23, with masked and automatic rifle-toting officers making their way inside. Cruisers blocked off Addington and a back alley as close to a dozen police officers took their places around the home.

A police dog team was also on scene. The road reopened at around 5:30 p.m. that day.

Cpl. Kathe DeHeer, with Red Deer City RCMP, said on Tuesday that quantities of cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy and more than $23,000 in cash were seized last week as a result of the raid. Police also seized two zip guns.

Zip guns are an improvised weapon. A type of zip gun was used in 1950s by New York City gangs, using tubing from regular household items. They can be made from flashlight cases, metal pipes or even pens.

Abdulla will return to Red Deer provincial court on July 8.

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