Penhold, Alberta – On June 7, 2021, at 10:30 p.m., Innisfail RCMP were dispatched to a report of a gunshot being fired into the basement suite of a rental property in the town of Penhold, Alta.
The initial investigation led the Innisfail RCMP to believe that the gunshot came from the upstairs suite of the property. Innisfail RCMP arrested two adult male subjects who were tenants of the suite and the scene was secured for further investigation.
On the morning of June 8, 2021 Innisfail RCMP obtained a search warrant for the residence. Innisfail RCMP along with the assistance of the Innisfail General Investigation Section searched the residence which resulted in the seizure of five firearms, two of which were loaded, along with 1000 rounds of ammunition, 2 high capacity magazines, and an additional prohibited weapon. Over $40,00.00 in cash was located as well as a large amount of illicit drugs including 885 grams of suspected Fentanyl, 193 tabs of suspected LSD, 14 grams of suspected Magic Mushrooms, and 6 grams of suspected Cocaine. In addition, 2 kilograms of an unknown white powder has been seized and sent for analysis.
As a result of the investigation Amir Spiridonov a 21 year old male, and Alex Thiessen a 19 year old male, both from Penhold, Alta, have been jointly charged with twenty-five criminal offences:
· Possession for the purpose of trafficking (x5)
· Possession of stolen property over $5000
· Possession of stolen property under $5000
· Possession of a firearm/weapon obtained by commission of offence
· Unauthorized possession of firearm (x3)
· Unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon (x4)
· Possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace
· Possession of a prohibited/restricted firearm with ammunition (x3)
· Careless use of a firearm
· Unsafe storage/handling of firearm (x5)
Following a Judicial hearing, Spiridonov and Thiessen did not speak to bail and are scheduled to appear in Red Deer Provincial Court on June 10, 2021.
This is a significant size drug seizure and the RCMP remains fully committed in building safe communities and enforcing laws to their fullest extent in order to achieve this goal. Members of the public who suspect drug activity in their community are encouraged to contact their local RCMP detachment.
Innisfail RCMP are asking the public’s assistance for any information in relation to this incident or any other illegal activity. Please contact the Innisfail RCMP at 403-227-3341 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.
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