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St. Paul RCMP lay weapons trafficking charges

Two men have been charged with firearms trafficking after a gunshot was heard by mounties who were in the Saddle Lake area.

While conducting an unrelated investigation in Saddle Lake, AB on April 25, 2020, St. Paul RCMP entered into an investigation related to the unsafe discharge of a firearm. While conducting this investigation police learned of a suspect who was alleged to have been trafficking firearms in the area.

Further investigation revealed that a male suspect was purchasing firearms in a lawful manner for others who could not. Over the course of two weeks, St. Paul RCMP executed four search warrants on residences in Saddle Lake recovering 10 firearms, a quantity of ammunition, approximately $2600 in cash and 19 grams of what is believed to be cocaine.

 

“Community safety is a top priority for the RCMP,” says Sergeant David Graham, St. Paul RCMP. “Ensuring firearms do not fall into the hands of criminals is an objective that we are always trying to achieve.”

 

Harley Cardinal (46) of Saddle Lake has been charged with the following:

  • Weapons trafficking (X4)
  • Unsafe storage of a firearm

 

Marcus Cardinal (21) of Saddle Lake has been charged with:

  • Careless Use of a Firearm
  • Possession of a Firearm knowing possession is prohibited
  • Unsafe storage of a firearm
  • Possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking
  • Possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Fail to comply with release order condition
  • Possession of property obtained by crime for the purpose of trafficking

 

Harley Cardinal was remanded into custody after a judicial hearing and his next court appearance is scheduled for May 28, 2020 in St. Paul Provincial Court.

Marcus Cardinal was remanded into custody after a judicial hearing and his next court appearance is scheduled for May 21, 2020 in St. Paul Provincial Court.