Red Deer forcible confinement case leads to major bust, arrest

Guns, ammo, explosives and more seized in searches

  • Apr. 20, 2017 2:00 p.m.

Red Deer RCMP have charged three men, and seized firearms, explosives and other items after executing search warrants earlier this month at two residences in the city.

The search warrants earlier in April were the result of an investigation into a report of forcible confinement, and the case involves collaboration between Red Deer and Sylvan Lake RCMP, the Alberta Emergency Response Team and the Alberta RCMP Explosive Device Unit.

The forcible confinement is alleged to have taken place in mid-April in Red Deer when a man was held against his will at a residence by several men who were known to him.

RCMP said in a statement that the investigation led to a search for numerous firearms that had been stolen in a series of break and enters and other property crimes in the area. It also resulted in further charges being laid related to several break and enters in Sylvan Lake and Red Deer earlier in April.

Recovered property included credit and debit cards, cheques and other personal documents from crimes committed in Boyle, Blackfalds and area, Sylvan Lake, Red Deer, Red Deer County and Bonnyville, and included property linked to thefts from numerous businesses in Red Deer and surrounding area.

On April 6, Red Deer RCMP seized 14 firearms, explosives, thousands of rounds of ammunition and numerous credit and debit cards during the search at a residence in the Normandeau neighbourhood.

They then seized two more firearms and a replica firearm during the search at a Highland Green residence on April 13, as well as ammunition and small amounts of what is believed to be fentanyl and several other drugs.

The three men, ages 22, 34 and 36, face a variety of Criminal Code offences related to firearms, break and enter and stolen property. One of them faces an assault and forcible confinement charge.

RCMP continue to investigate, and further charges may be laid as the investigations proceed. If you have information about any of these investigations, contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online at www.tipsubmit.com.

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