Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton Police Service has charged a 32-year-old Edmonton man with illegal firearms trafficking.
In December 2021, police seized a handgun from a suspect who was not the lawful registered owner, and who was being charged with possession of a stolen vehicle in addition to possession of the unlawful firearm. Investigators soon learned the firearm was registered to Theodore Wedgwood, 32, and was not reported lost or stolen.
The EPS Firearms Investigation Unit (FIU) then began an investigation into Wedgwood, and later confirmed that 10 handguns were registered to him, including a firearm that was seized by police in Ontario as part of a criminal investigation. None of the guns were reported lost or stolen, and none were located at Wedgwood’s places of residence.
As a result, Theodore Wedgwood, 32, was arrested and charged with 10 counts of firearms trafficking and 10 counts of possession for the purposes of trafficking.
“Straw buying – when a legal gun owner purchases and then distributes guns to those not legally allowed to own them – is one of the ways firearms make it into the hands of criminals,” says Staff Sergeant Eric Stewart with the EPS Firearms Investigation Unit. “Identifying and arresting straw buyers helps to interrupt the supply of illegal firearms to our streets and keep guns out of the hands of those who may use them to victimize people and commit crimes in our city and across Canada.”
Edmonton Police Service
MRU #: 22R026
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