Four Red Deer-area residents alleged to have ties with the Red Scorpions crime group have been given two more weeks to enter elections on criminal charges now before the court.
Cory James Lesperance, 30, Amber McLeod, 25, Robin Joseph Stewart, 52, and Nicholas David James White, 22, were arrested on July 23 during police raids in Airdrie, Calgary and Red Deer County.
All four suspects face a range of charges, including possession of drugs for trafficking and possession of stolen property worth more than $5,000.
Lesperance is also charged with unauthorized possession of a firearm, possession of a prohibited weapon and five counts of breaching release conditions.
He and Stewart were arrested at Stewart’s home in an acreage subdivision east of Red Deer.
White and McLeod were arrested at a home in Calgary.
Lesperance has been denied bail. White is still awaiting a bail hearing. Stewart and McLeod were released earlier.
All four have made multiple court appearances since their arrests. However, they have not entered pleas or indicated whether they want their charges heard in provincial court or the Court of Queen’s Bench.
In Red Deer provincial court on Thursday, Judge Gordon Yake ordered that they return to court prepared to enter their elections on Thursday, Nov. 26.