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Grande Prairie man facing 31 charges after restricted handguns allegedly sold to criminals

Four guns were seized when the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team arrested a 50-year-old Grande Prairie man on May 14.

ALERT said its organized crime and gang team arrested Allan Salud, “who was allegedly involved in trafficking restricted handguns.”

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The agency alleges Salud was “selling restricted handguns to the criminal market, and involved in a process known as straw purchasing,” when someone with a valid Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) and no criminal record gets firearms for someone who can’t — or doesn’t want their name connected to the purchase.

Salud is facing 31 firearms-related charges, including firearms trafficking, possession of a firearm for the purpose of trafficking, failure to report a lost or stolen firearm, possession of a restricted firearm with ammunition, and unsafe storage of a firearm.

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ALERT said since March, the accused had purchased 11 handguns and one of them was seized on March 27 during a Grande Prairie RCMP drug investigation.

“Someone engaged in straw purchasing is recklessly putting the public at risk,” ALERT said Insp. Sean Boser said in a news release.

“These are firearms being diverted to the criminal market, and who knows what kind of crimes they could potentially be used to commit.”

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ALERT said officers seized four firearms “originally acquired by Salud,” including three handguns and a shotgun, after homes in Grande Prairie and Beaverlodge, Alta., were searched.

The agency said seven restricted handguns are still unaccounted for.

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