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Rifles, handguns, sawed-off shotgun seized from Red Deer home

Some of the items seized during a search on Sept. 11, 2019 of a home in Red Deer's Clearview Ridge subdivision.
Some of the items seized during a search on Sept. 11, 2019 of a home in Red Deer's Clearview Ridge subdivision. Courtesy, ALERT

More than a dozen firearms, many of which police say were stolen, were seized from a Red Deer home last week following an investigation by Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams.

ALERT’s Red Deer organized crime and gang team searched a home in the Clearview Ridge subdivision of the central Alberta city on Sept. 11. The search followed what investigators called a short-term investigation that began just weeks earlier.

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ALERT investigators allege the people who live in the home were involved in firearms and drug trafficking.

Drugs and ammunition were found in the home, ALERT said in a media release Thursday. In total, police seized the following:

  • 56 grams of cocaine, worth an estimated $5,600
  • 12 rifles, including one semi-automatic rifle
  • Two handguns
  • A sawed-off shotgun
  • A prohibited magazine
  • More than 9,000 rounds of ammunition
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Police said four of the weapons were reported stolen after a break-in in Three Hills, Alta. in August. All of the guns have been sent for forensic analysis and ballistic testing to see if they were used for criminal activity.

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Two people have since been arrested. Zane Middlemiss, a 26-year-old man, and Sage Sunderwald, a 21-year-old woman, have been charged with 80 firearm- and drug-related offences, according to ALERT.

Some of the items seized during a search on Sept. 11, 2019 of a home in Red Deer's Clearview Ridge subdivision.
Some of the items seized during a search on Sept. 11, 2019 of a home in Red Deer's Clearview Ridge subdivision. Courtesy, ALERT
Some of the items seized during a search on Sept. 11, 2019 of a home in Red Deer's Clearview Ridge subdivision.
Some of the items seized during a search on Sept. 11, 2019 of a home in Red Deer's Clearview Ridge subdivision. Courtesy, ALERT
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