Small arsenal seized in joint Calgary police-RCMP drug trafficking crackdown

Nine guns and more than 12,000 rounds of ammunition have been seized as part of a lengthy drug trafficking investigation by Calgary police and the RCMP in central Alberta.

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Calgary police started checking into a tip about drug activity last March and quickly noted a connection to the Red Deer area.

By November both police forces had combined their efforts and were gathering information on two people suspected of involvement in trafficking and other crimes.

A Calgary pawn shop robbery in which a vehicle connected to the alleged drug dealing was used led to searches in both cities and the seizure of guns, ammunition, body armour, drugs and thousands of dollars in cash and other items.

Shawn Barry Steier of Red Deer and Wayant Donald Chapin of Calgary, both in their 30s, are facing several charges, while charges are pending against a 55-year-old Red Deer woman.

Police allege they were a part of an organized crime group with ties in Alberta and British Columbia.



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