Innisfail RCMP found a pipe bomb, drugs, three firearms and numerous other weapons, including brass knuckles, knives and a Taser-like weapon following a traffic stop early on Sunday.
Police said they were on patrol in the town when they spotted a vehicle travelling west on 50th Street. A licence plate check showed it had been reported stolen out of Red Deer.
The vehicle was pulled over near 46th Street and 47th Avenue.
“While interacting with the occupants, one of the officers saw a firearm which one of the occupants was attempting to conceal,” allege police.
The vehicle was searched and police found three firearms, two of which were loaded and sawed off, as well as a large quantity of various types of ammunition. A search also turned up several sets of brass knuckles, several knives, a conducted energy weapon, body armour, identity documents, a suspected explosive device and a quantity of a substance believed to be fentanyl.
The RCMP Explosives Disposal Unit were called in from Edmonton to deal with the explosive device.
All four occupants of the vehicle were arrested without incident.
A total of 73 charges relating to weapons, body armour, drugs, property and identity documents have been laid against three men and a woman.
Charged are Amber Achtemichuk, 44, of Red Deer; Kolton Dalkin, 23, of Red Deer; Tyson Taylor, 18, of Rimbey; and Jonathan Wilson-Martin, 32, of Springbrook.
All four were taken into custody. Achtemichuk and Taylor were expected to appear in Red Deer provincial court on Monday. Dalkin and Wilson-Martin are set to appear on Thursday.