Edmonton, Alberta – Officers from the Edmonton Police Service Crime Suppression Branch have identified a firearm trafficking operation, resulting in several arrests and the recovery of firearms, ammunition, and drugs.
In early July 2022, it was reported that over 200 firearms (registered, restricted, prohibited, and antique style) and ammunition were stolen from a residence in the area of 151 Street and 97 Avenue. The occupant of the home, a valid firearms Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) holder, was not present at the time of the break-in. Investigators subsequently initiated a firearm trafficking investigation pertaining to the stolen firearms.
Working closely with officers from the Edmonton Police Firearms Investigation Unit (FIU), a complex and exhaustive investigation was commenced resulting in the recovery of 23 firearms, thousands of rounds of ammunition, gun powder, and quantities of fentanyl/methamphetamine with an approximate street value over $10,000.
On Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2023, police arrested and charged Sacha Kandalaft, 40, Harold Fairchild, 55, and Diane Farnsworth, 45, with firearms trafficking. These suspects were not know to the homeowner and had no ties to the residence.
“We are pleased to have identified those responsible and recovered a portion of what could have posed a risk to the public at some point,” said Acting Staff Sergeant Terence Mak of the Edmonton Police Crime Suppression Branch. “We do however have lots of work to do with recovering the remaining stolen firearms.”
Police ask anyone who might have information regarding the whereabouts of the remaining firearms to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.
Edmonton Police Service
MRU #: 23R012
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