Children removed, drugs seized in Hobbema raids

RCMP raided three homes in Hobbema recently, seizing weapons, ammunition, cash and drugs, including crack cocaine and hundreds of marijuana j

  • Sep. 8, 2009 1:00 p.m.

RCMP raided three homes in Hobbema recently

RCMP raided three homes in Hobbema recently, seizing weapons, ammunition, cash and drugs, including crack cocaine and hundreds of marijuana joints.

Six children were removed from two homes by Wetaskiwin Child Welfare.

The first raid occurred just after midnight Aug. 20 when the Hobbema RCMP community response unit, with help from the Red Deer detachment’s dog unit, searched a home on the Samson Reserve. A .22-calibre rifle, 9-mm handgun and ammunition were seized, along with small amounts of crack and $3,500 in cash.

No one was home at the time but a suspect was later arrested and faces charges.

Later that day, at 11 a.m., a residence on the Ermineskin Reserve was searched and three more firearms, 1.1 kg of marijuana and $2,900 in cash were seized. Edmonton RCMP’s auto theft unit helped search the property and found a stolen utility trailer.

A man and woman were arrested and face charges. Four children in the home were removed by welfare authorities.

More drugs, cash and weapons were found in an afternoon raid on an Ermineskin home. A search turned up 136 grams of marijuana, including 355 joints and 13 grams of mushrooms.

Two throwing knives, .22-calibre ammunition and $1,285 in cash was seized.

Two more children were removed from the home by authorities.

Shannon Soosay, 27, of Hobbema was charged with trafficking, possession of the proceeds of crime, breaching conditions of an undertaking and one firearms offence.

Travis Mind, 18, of Hobbema, was charged with two counts of trafficking, and one count of proceeds of crime.

Two others have also been charged with similar charges in addition to stolen property charges.

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