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Strathcona County RCMP lay firearms and drug charges following high risk vehicle stop

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  • Sherwood Park, Alta. – On April 11, 2019, Strathcona County RCMP conducted a high risk traffic stop as a result of a 911 complaint of a disturbance involving a firearm.

    At approximately 8:50 p.m., Strathcona County RCMP attended a local hotel parking lot where an altercation had taken place between several people.  It was reported that there was a knife and a firearm involved.  A suspect vehicle departed the area before police arrived, but was located a short distance away and a high risk traffic stop was conducted on the three occupants.

    Subsequently the vehicle was searched and police located a loaded shotgun, a knife, suspected cocaine and an undisclosed amount of cash. There were no injuries as a result of the incident.

    Dylan Knut Tracy Steinbach (26) of Eckville, Alta. has been charged with:

    • Unlawfully possessing a controlled substance
    • Possession of a firearm for a dangerous purpose
    • Careless use of a firearm
    • Unauthorized possession of a firearm

    Plus 17 additional charges.  Steinbach was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in Sherwood Park Provincial Court on May 1, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

    Ashley May Maki (34) of Edmonton, Alta. has been charged with:

    • Unlawfully possessing a controlled substance
    • Possession of a firearm for a dangerous purpose

    Plus five additional charges. Maki was released on a Recognizance and is scheduled to appear in Sherwood Park Provincial Court on May 1, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

    The third suspect located in the vehicle was a male youth and was released without charges.

    If you have any information about this, or any other crime, please call the Strathcona County RCMP at (780) 467-7741, or call your local police detachment. If you want to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS) or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com or by SMS (check your local Crime Stoppers www.crimestoppers.ab.ca for instructions).

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    Police say 23 year old was supplying guns to criminals

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  • From Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team

    Straw Buyer Allegedly Sold Guns
    to Criminal Market

    ALERT has charged an alleged firearms straw purchaser with selling firearms to the criminal market.

    An investigation by ALERT Edmonton’s Guns and Gangs unit has resulted in a variety of firearms charges against Aaron Hanlen-Knight. The 23-year-old Athabasca man was arrested on May 9, 2019.

    ALERT alleges that Hanlen-Knight purchased five handguns between November and December of last year, which were then re-sold. Only one of the firearms has been recovered thus far.

    Straw purchasing typically involves someone with a valid Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) but no criminal record obtaining firearms for someone who otherwise could not, or who does not want their name associated with the transaction.

    In a search of Hanlen-Knight’s Athabasca home, ALERT did seize four other firearms, including a prohibited sawed-off shotgun.

    Athabasca RCMP and Boyle RCMP provided assistance with the investigation. The investigation began in December 2018 after the RCMP’s National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) provided information about suspicious firearms purchases.

    Hanlen-Knight has been charged with firearms trafficking, possession of firearms for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a prohibited firearm, and firearm possession at an unauthorized place.

    Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.

    ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.

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    Homicide Section investigating suspicious death

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  • May 21, 2019

    The Edmonton Police Service’s Homicide Section is investigating the suspicious death of a 26-year-old male that took place late yesterday.

    At approximately 10:20 p.m. yesterday, Monday, May 20, 2019, Northwest Division officers responded to the report of a disturbance in the area of 101 Street and 118 Avenue.   


    A short time later, police were advised by a local hospital that a 26-year-old male had arrived with life-threatening injuries. The male reportedly died shortly thereafter.

    Homicide Section has since assumed the investigation. An autopsy has been scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 2019.No further information is being released at this time.

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