Guns & drugs seized in northern Alberta

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A raft of weapons, drugs and stolen property were seized by police following an armed standoff with an alleged gang associate in northern Alberta.  Alberta Law Enforcement Teams (ALERT) and RCMP joined forces on the May 1 search of a rural home outside of Fairview. They seized firearms and an estimated $50,000 worth of stolen property, including a trailer, ATV, and two vehicles. Police also found small quantities of fentanyl and cocaine, but believe more drugs were destroyed while officers were trying to execute the search warrant.

A 35-year-old man who police allege has connections with gangs in lower-mainland in British Columbia, was armed and barricaded inside the home for three hours before surrendering to police. He was wanted on warrants posted in Alberta, British Columbia and Newfoundland, and is alleged to have been involved in criminal activity in northern Alberta and British Columbia.

Robert Cletus Traverse is now facing 25 drugs, weapons and stolen property charges. Three of the guns seized by police during the bust, including a AR15 semi-automatic carbine, had their serial numbers defaced. ALERT said Traverse is under a lifetime firearms prohibition.

ALERT is a provincially funded collaborative force that targets serious and organized crime across Alberta. The agency said it collaborated with RCMP from Fairview, Peace River, McLennan, and Grande Prairie, as well as with the British Columbia Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, over the course of the operation.

Five other people were also arrested and charged following the search of the Fairview property. A total of 92 charges relating to weapons, drugs and stolen property are being faced by Stephanie Catherine Payou, 28, David Lee Williams, 32, Charles Victor Morris, 26, Dean Allen Stafford, 34, and Tyler Allan Metz, 34. Fairview is 550 kilometres northwest of Edmonton.

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