Ponoka RCMP take guns and drugs off street


  • Jun. 15, 2011 6:00 p.m.

On June 8 RCMP busted a man for weapons and drug offences outside of a motel in Ponoka. A search of the 26-year-old Hobbema man’s vehicle revealed two rifles, ammunition and various pills.

He is charged with 14 counts under the criminal code including weapons trafficking and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. He is known to police and is due to appear in provincial court in Ponoka on June 8.

Thief nabs tires from oil lease

Police received a call regarding a theft on an oil lease west of Ponoka. Someone removed four tires and the rims off a portable booster compressor sometime between June 2 and 7. The value of the stolen property is $2,000 and police ask if anyone has any information about this crime to contact their office.

Highway mayhem

RCMP spent a lot of time policing the roads this past week.

On June 8 just after noon police got a call about tailgating on Highway 2. RCMP located the vehicle near the Ponoka overpass and witnessed the truck tailgating and changing lanes without signaling. The driver, an 18-year-old man, was charged with one count of careless driving.

Where the buffalo roam

Later the same day RCMP responded to a call stating people were out crossing Highway 2. Upon arrival police learned that 10 to 12 buffalo had gotten loose and the people on the highway were trying to round them up.

Texting not the best thing to do while you drive

Even later on the same day police received a call about a possible drunk driver. Police located the car, a 2006 Mustang, and watched it swerving across the centre line and pulled it over. The driver, a 47-year old woman, said she was texting and showed the officer the texts from her phone in the last several minutes. The woman driver was issued a ticket for crossing the centre line.

Booze bandit

Police responded to a shoplifting call on June 11 at 11 p.m. A man walked into a downtown liquor store and grabbed a 60-ounce bottle of Royal Reserve and attempted to walk out but the storekeeper locked him in between the two doors of the store. The accused then smashed the outside door and was found by police sitting on a bench with the bottle of alcohol. The man claims the door was already smashed and was arrested by the RCMP.

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