Edmonton, Alberta – The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) have requested warrants for three people involved in a significant firearms seizure.
Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement (EDGE) Section initiated a two-month investigation in July and August of 2022 as a spin-off from an earlier EDGE investigation. Through evidence collected, police had information to suggest a group was involved in trafficking cocaine interprovincially between Alberta and the Northwest Territories.
Multiple judicial authorizations were obtained during this investigation, including search warrants for three vehicles and two locations including a hotel room and a residence in southwest Edmonton. As a result of these searches, a total of $219,525.00 and 11 firearms were seized. The three vehicles were also found to have hidden compartments. No illicit drugs were recovered, but evidence of drug trafficking, such as packaging materials and cocaine conversion equipment were located.
“The origin and types of firearms seized are of considerable concern to police,” says Staff Sergeant Dave Paton of EDGE. “The results of this investigation clearly demonstrate the strong correlation between drug trafficking, firearms and violence.”
Warrants have since been issued for Lance Adam Burke Larocque, 34, and Maya Anne Cardenas McGregor, 32, who are jointly charged with 11 offenses including possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm (x2), contravened regulation (x3) and possession of a weapon obtained by crime (x2). In addition, Larocque faces another 23 charges including possession of anything intended to traffic controlled substances, possess weapons for trafficking and knowingly possess prohibited / restricted weapon (x3).
Reilly Michael John Ross, 25, of Yellowknife, is also wanted for possession of stolen property (proceeds of crime) for his role in the investigation.
Anyone with information to the whereabouts of Larocque, Cardenas McGregor or Ross is asked 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 #: 23R038
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