Edson, Alberta – A traffic stop has led Police to removing a loaded handgun from the streets of Edson. On April 8th, 2017 Edson RCMP were on patrol when a routine traffic stop was initiated with a vehicle on 55th Street. As a result, the officer believed the vehicle and occupants were involved in drug activity and arrested two persons. A subsequent search located a loaded handgun, pepper spray, and replica brass knuckles.
“While the seizing of a loaded handgun in these circumstances can be a concern to the community, this is a rare finding in Edson,” states Constable Austin MacDougall of Edson RCMP. “We want to ensure the public knows we are committed to community safety and take every effort to remove dangerous weapons from our streets.”
Jason Parrish-Plante (18), has been charged with unauthorized possession of a restricted firearm, possession of a firearm with a tampered serial number, improper storage/transportation of a firearm, and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. He is scheduled to appear in Edson Provincial Court on April 18, 2017. The other occupant, a youth, was released without charge.
Edson RCMP are continuing to investigate and anyone with knowledge of this occurrence is encouraged to contact Edson RCMP at (780) 723-8800, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477 or online at http://www.crimestoppers.ab.ca/edmonton/.