Downtown Edmonton traffic stop ends in four arrests; drugs and firearm seized

Edmonton, Alberta – Downtown Division members, Canine Unit and Air-1 worked together to arrest four suspects who were allegedly driving in a stolen vehicle this week.

On Thursday, Mar. 2, 2017, EPS Canine Unit observed a suspicious vehicle around 12:45 a.m. travelling in the area of Jasper Avenue and 112 Street. Members queried the B.C. licence plate on a Chevrolet pick-up truck and found it was reported stolen. When officers attempted to conduct a traffic stop, the vehicle fled from police.

Canine Unit called Air-1 and Downtown Division members for support. Police observed a passenger exit the vehicle in the area of 74 Street and 94B Avenue. The suspect was quickly apprehended by officers just before 1 a.m., and found approximately 135g of heroin with an estimated street value of $45,000 in his possession. Meanwhile, the truck continued to flee police.

Just after 1:30 a.m., the truck came to a stop; two passengers exited the vehicle in Ottewell area, and were taken into custody. The driver remained in the vehicle and was arrested shortly thereafter.

Police seized a firearm in the vehicle that had its serial number removed, along with ammunition. Further investigations revealed that the pick-up truck was stolen from Saskatchewan and the licence plate was stolen from British Columbia.

Nicholas Kernaz, 25, was charged with dangerous driving, criminal flight, possession of stolen property under $5,000 (x2), and numerous weapons charges and breaches.

Zachary Olson, 24, was charged with possession of stolen property under $5,000 (x2),
possession of a controlled substance and numerous weapons offences.

Shelby Anne Curtis, 23, was charged with possession of stolen property under
$5,000 (x2) and numerous weapons offences.

Benjamin Zacharias, 39 was charged with possession of stolen property under $5,000 (x2), possession of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance for the Purpose of trafficking and numerous weapons offences.

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