Edmonton man faces weapons, drug charges after search of vehicle, motel in in northwestern Alberta

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An Edmonton man is facing drug and weapons charges after his vehicle got stuck in rural northwestern Alberta.

In a news release Friday, Spirit River RCMP said they seized guns, drugs and cash from a vehicle found in a remote area of Saddle Hills County.

The search followed a call of a “suspicious nature” Tuesday about a vehicle that was “stuck in a remote area and unable to obtain assistance with towing services.”

Police found the vehicle and turned up a loaded 12-gauge shotgun, loaded magazines and a sawed-off rifle. A subsequent search found $21,000 cash and a number pills believed to be steroids.

RCMP later charged the driver — a 30-year-old Shane Edward Craig of Edmonton — with drug and weapons charges, including possessing a prohibited firearm and firearms with defaced serial numbers.

Police subsequently searched a motel room in Rycroft, Alta., where they allegedly found more than eight ounces of cocaine, 80 steroid tablets, 13 vials of liquid steroid, ammunition and around $2,000 cash. They also seized a 2021 GMC Yukon Denali as “proceeds of crime.”

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Craig was re-arrested Wednesday and charged with two counts of trafficking and possession of property obtained by crime.

“(The) Spirit River RCMP detachment is continuously working towards our goal of reducing and disrupting rural crime and identifying those responsible,” Const. Hailey Hoffmann said in a news release. “This seizure will have a large impact in helping to reduce drug and property crime in our area and as a result, lead to a safer community.”

Craig was released on bail after each arrest. His next court date is June 2 in Grande Prairie provincial court.



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