Vegreville, Alberta – On February 23, 2017 at approximately 5:30 p.m., during the course of an investigation, the RCMP Vegreville Detachment members located a male who was believed to be in the possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition.
The 27 year old male was detained, and a search of his person resulted in police seizing a loaded, sawed-off .22 calibre rifle being hidden in his backpack, along with over 350 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition. At the same time, what were believed to be homemade explosive devices were found in the same backpack.
In consultation with the RCMP’s Explosives Disposal Unit, it appears that these two homemade improvised explosive devices could cause severe injury or death to a person.
Due to the high risk nature of homemade or improvised explosive devices, the Explosives Disposal Unit attended the Vegreville detachment to take custody of the explosive devices for further analysis.
Alexander Bugghins, 27 years of age, of Vegreville, has been charged with the following:
- Possession of an Improvised Explosive Device Likely to Cause Harm or Death, S. 81(1) of the Criminal Code,
- Possession of explosives for an unlawful purpose, S. 82(1) Criminal Code,
- Careless use of a firearm, S. 86(1) Criminal Code,
- Possession of a prohibited weapon for a dangerous purpose, S. 88(1) Criminal Code,
- Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, S. 92(2) Criminal Code,
- Possession of a Prohibited Firearm in an unauthorized place, S. 93(1) Criminal Code,
- Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition, S. 95(1), Criminal Code,
- Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order, S. 117.01(1) Criminal Code (3 counts).
Bugghins remains in custody, and is due to make his first appearance in Vegreville Provincial Court on Monday, February 27th, 2017 at 10:00 a.m.