Wheatland County, Alberta – On December 29, 2022 at approximately 2:30 p.m. Strathmore RCMP responded to a complaint of a suspicious vehicle parked off of a rural roadway on Township road 244 East of Highway 21. The vehicle was reported to have been there for several hours. Upon arrival the vehicle appeared unoccupied however upon approach a male occupant was found sleeping in the driver seat. A scale and a baggie with a white substance was also visible from outside of the vehicle. The occupant was arrested and removed from the vehicle. While removing the male occupant, a .22 calibre handgun noticed on the driver floor board. Once in custody, a more thorough search of the vehicle was conducted where another loaded 9mm handgun was found in a satchel on the passenger seat. Additional items seized were:
1.4 grams of a substance believed to be cocaine in a clear bag with an estimated street value of $140;
4.8 grams of a substance believed to be cocaine in a pink bag with an estimated street value of $480;
52 grams of light blue pills believed to be fentanyl with an estimated street value of $10,400; and
30 grams of what is believed to be a cutting agent.
The occupant was taken to the Strathmore Detachment where he underwent an assessment to determine his level of sobriety. The result of which was an opinion of impairment by Cannabis. A bail hearing was held where the occupant, Oussama MOUMI a 22 year old resident of Wheatland County was charged with 17 offences including:
Possession of a Weapon Dangerous to the Public X 3;
Careless Use/Storage of a Firearm X 2;
Possession of a Restricted or Prohibited Firearm X 2;
Possession of a Firearm Without a License X 2;
Occupying a Motor Vehicle Knowing a Firearm was present X 2;
Possession of a Loaded Prohibited Firearm X 2;
Trafficking in a Controlled Substance X 2 (cocaine and fentanyl);
Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Under $5,000 (.22 calibre handgun was confirmed stolen in a 2013 rural break in near Cochrane); and
Possession of a Firearm while Prohibited from doing so.
MOUMI was remanded and issued an Immediate Roadside Sanction for impairment by drug. He remains in custody at this time.
“I’d like to thank the resident who reported what in their observation was suspicious activity. In this case, a simple report led to an arrest, seizure of firearms one of which was linked to a theft in Cochrane, and seizure of dangerous substances capable of untold harm. Reporting suspicious activity is of great assistance in keeping our communities safe which was evidenced in this investigation.” – Staff Sergeant Mark Wielgosz – Detachment Commander Strathmore RCMP-GRC
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