Edmonton, Alberta – Firearms, explosives, drugs and stolen property were located earlier this week during search warrants executed by the Edmonton Police Service.
Downtown Division officers, with the assistance of Tactical Section, Southeast Division and EPS Gang and Drug Unit, conducted a search warrant at a home and detached garage in the area of 20 Avenue and 46 Street on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016 at approximately 2:30 p.m. The warrant was executed in relation to a drug and weapons investigation.
Officers located and seized 12 firearms (various long barrel guns, sawed-off shotguns and handguns), prohibited silencers and suppressors, 28 prohibited magazines (ammunition storage/feeding devices), a large quantity of ammunition and body armour. Police also seized two stolen skid steers and a stolen flat deck trailer.
An improvised explosive device and suspected commercial explosive were discovered in the detached garage during the search warrant, prompting an evacuation of the surrounding neighbourhood. The EPS Explosive Disposal Unit attended the scene and used two counter charges to detonate the explosives on scene, as they were deemed too hazardous to transport.
The operation resulted in damage to the garage window. No injuries were reported, and residents were permitted to return to the area at approximately 10 p.m.
Police also executed a related search warrant on a residence in the area of 39 Avenue and 76 Street on Sept. 6, 2016, where small quantities of methamphetamine, hashish and heroin were seized, along with approximately 50 grams of marijuana, 348 synthetic marijuana pills, drug scales, baggies and just over $3,000 cash.
Downtown Division officers conducted a traffic stop in connection to the investigation early Tuesday afternoon and two males were taken into custody without incident. One man now faces more than 70 charges.
Graham McCagherty, 30, has been charged with possession of prohibited device (x47), unsafe storage of a firearm (x12), possession of explosive substance without lawful excuse, possession of an explosive substance without exercising reasonable care, possession of body armour without a valid permit (x3), possession of stolen property (x5) and possession of a controlled substance (x4).
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