Joel Larry Champion, 27, was arrested in Rocky Mountain House and the repeat offender faces 17 charges. (Black Press File Photo)

Repeat offender arrested with illegally obtained rifle in Rocky Mountain House

Joel Larry Champion is facing several charges after he was arrested in Rocky Mountain House.

The 27-year-old repeat offender was observed participating in suspicious activity Tuesday and was arrested on outstanding warrants. He was also carrying an illegally obtained 30-30 rifle with ammunition.

He faces 17 charges, including carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon contrary to an order and possession of a weapon obtained by crime.

“Rocky Mountain House RCMP’s local crime reduction unit remains active and focused on targeting repeat offenders within our community,” says Staff Sgt. Carl Dinsdale.

“It’s a success when we get an illegal firearm out of the wrong hands.”

Champion is in custody and made a court appearance on Thursday in Red Deer.

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