Red Deer RCMP and the Alberta Sheriffs’ Safer Communities and Neighbourhoods (SCAN) unit are teaming up to tackle nuisance properties in the city.
Recently, a “problem property” and its tenant were the focus of this joint initiative, police said Thursday.
On Jan. 14, the RCMP’s Crime Reduction Team executed a search warrant at a property in the Grandview neighbourhood. During the search, police located modified firearms, ammunition and drugs.
As a result of the investigation, Adam Bogusky, 36, of Red Deer is facing 14 charges, including weapons trafficking, seven counts of possession of a firearm and two counts of possession of a controlled substance. He was released and is scheduled to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court April 1.
The home had been the source of many complaints from neighbouring residents. Based on the outcome of the search warrant and evidence gathered during its own investigation, SCAN was able to procure a community safety order. Granted on Feb. 26, 2021, the order bars the occupant from accessing the property for five years.
“This exemplifies how our two entities work together to stop criminal activity and improve community safety,” said Red Deer RCMP Supt. Gerald Grobmeier.
“By working together to share information, we enforce the criminal code and SCAN enforces civil legislation. Ultimately, we achieve very positive outcomes for the neighbourhood.”
Minister of Justice and Solicitor General Kaycee Madu said “when criminals endanger the safety and well-being of law-abiding Albertans, we must use every tool at our disposal to put a stop to it.”
“This case is a good example of how police and the Alberta Sheriffs can work together to stop criminal activity,” said Madu.
“Thank you to the SCAN unit and police investigators whose combined efforts will allow residents of this community to take back their neighbourhood and go about their daily lives without fear.”
Red Deer RCMP will continue to work closely with SCAN to address other problem residences in the community, with an additional three nuisance properties currently on their radar.