FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. – A 29-year-old Fort McMurray man has been arrested after the seizure of 13 firearms allegedly connected to an accused B.C.-based weapons trafficker.
Travis Saunders was taken into custody by members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams and is accused of buying firearms from a Langley, B.C., man wanted for alleged similar offences in the United States.
Alberta police say three young children were inside Saunders’ home when officers seized illegally stored firearms including a modified, fully automatic Glock handgun and 3,000 rounds of shotgun, rifle and pistol ammunition.
“The modified Glock is a highly dangerous weapon with a rate of fire of 1,200 rounds per minute,” said Insp. Gary Peck. “This seizure should come as a relief to the community.”
Saunders faces six charges, including altering a firearm to discharge a projectile in rapid succession.
Police allege Saunders is connected to Langley, B.C., resident Bradley Friesen, who was arrested earlier this week and now faces a total of 46 counts related to trafficking of weapons.
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Friesen remains in custody in Surrey, awaiting his next court date.
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