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Grande Prairie woman facing weapons charges following ALERT investigation

A woman from Grande Prairie is facing a slew of weapons-related charges for allegedly taking part in a firearms straw purchasing scheme.

Members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team says 37-year-old Misty Kohuch legally acquired multiple handguns, which she then allegedly turned around and sold on the criminal market.

ALERT alleges Kohuch legally purchased five handguns in total, including one on the morning of her October 1st arrest.

“None of the other handguns have been accounted for, and who is in possession of those handguns should prompt concern from the community,” said Inspector Sean Boser.

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ALERT, with the help of the Grande Prairie RCMP, arrested Kohuch following a traffic stop that day, with a search of the vehicle also allegedly uncovering an undisclosed amount of cocaine and fentanyl.

Officials say straw purchasing usually “involves someone with a valid Possession and Acquisition License and no criminal record obtaining firearms for someone who otherwise could not, or who does not want their name associated with the transaction.”

Kohuch is facing a total of seven charges, including trafficking a firearm, possession of a firearm for the purpose of trafficking, and unauthorized possession of a firearm.

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