UPDATE #2: In addition to taking seven people into custody, police found a large amount of illegal drugs in the home on 94th Street. Officers found 230 grams of marijuana, more than 220 grams of heroin, over 213 grams of cocaine and crack cocaine, 120.5 grams of hashish, nearly 40 grams of meth and 10 tablets of MDMA.
RCMP also seized a number of pills and powders that haven’t yet been identified, $1000 cash, and several weapons. They include 12 long barrel guns, with one’s serial number altered, a sawed off prohibited shotgun, two handguns, and a prohibited magazine that can hold 30 rounds.
Six people are facing a total of 57 charges, including 44 related to firearms and five for breach of recognizance: 31 year old Eugene L’Hirondelle of Peace River, 42 year old Lilly Lizotte of Grimshaw, 35 year old Kimberly Stranaghan of Peace River, 27 year old Travis Cardinal of Peace River, 29 year old Deva Ominayak of Cadotte Lake, and 47 year old Darren Taylor of Peace River. Taylor is also facing seven charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking.
The seventh person taken into custody Friday was a man from the McLennan area, who was transported to a hospital in Edmonton with serious but non-life threatening injuries. Staff Sergeant Brent Meyer says his injuries had nothing to do with the search warrant or police involvement.
Those charged will appear in court on March 6th. Additional charges are pending.
UPDATE: RCMP say seven people were taken into custody during the execution of the search warrant. Police are still on scene investigating, but the public no longer needs to avoid the area. We’re expecting more details later on.
An RCMP Emergency Response Team is helping mounties in Peace River execute a search warrant on 94th Street. Members of the public are asked to avoid the area, and not share any details about police operations.
RCMP says schools in the area are not affected. More details are expected as they’re available.
According to the RCMP’s website, an Emergency Response Team is “a group of highly-trained RCMP members capable of employing specialized weapons, equipment, and tactics to resolve extremely high-risk situations. The potentially violent and often dynamic nature of these incidents requires a highly integrated and coordinated tactical response.”