Grande Prairie woman charged with gun trafficking in alleged straw purchasing scheme – Edmonton Journal

Grande Prairie woman charged with gun trafficking in alleged straw purchasing scheme - Edmonton Journal
Woman arrested for straw purchasing of firearms
EDMONTON — Police in Grande Prairie say a woman bought firearms lawfully and sold them in the criminal market.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT) began to investigate in July after the RCMPs National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) alerted it of suspicious firearms purchases.

Officials say straw purchasing usually “involves someone with a valid Possession and Acquisition License and no criminal record obtaining firearms for someone who otherwise could not, or who does not want their name associated with the transaction.”

On Oct. 1, ALERT arrested 37-year-old Misty Kohuch. Police says Kohuch "straw purchased" five firearms since July, including one the morning she was arrested.

ALERT, with the help of the Grande Prairie RCMP, arrested Kohuch following a traffic stop that day, with a search of the vehicle also allegedly uncovering an undisclosed amount of cocaine and fentanyl.

ALERT describes straw purchasing as someone with a Possession and Acquisition Licence (PAL) buying a firearm for someone who cant, or does not want to, buy it legally.

Members of the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team says 37-year-old Misty Kohuch legally acquired multiple handguns, which she then allegedly turned around and sold on the criminal market.

Concerned Kohuch would sell the latest firearm, police arrested her in a traffic stop where they also seized cocaine and fentanyl, ALERT said.

None of the other handguns have been accounted for, and who is in possession of those handguns should prompt concern from the community, ALERT Insp. Sean Boser said.

None of the other handguns have been accounted for, and who is in possession of those handguns should prompt concern from the community, said Inspector Sean Boser.

ALERT alleges that Misty Kohuch lawfully acquired multiple handguns and then sold them on the criminal market. It added that Kohuch purchased five handguns since July 2019 with one purchased on the morning of her arrest.

A woman from Grande Prairie is facing a slew of weapons-related charges for allegedly taking part in a firearms straw purchasing scheme.

Having concerns that the firearm would be resold, ALERT apprehended Kohuch via a traffic stop while she was still in possession of the recently purchased firearm. Cocaine and fentanyl were also found in the vehicle.

ALERT alleges Kohuch legally purchased five handguns in total, including one on the morning of her October 1st arrest.

“None of the other handguns have been accounted for, and who is in possession of those handguns should prompt concern from the community,” said Insp. Sean Boser with ALERT Regional teams in a release.

The investigation first began in July 2019 after the RCMP’s National Weapons Enforcement Support Team provided information about suspicious firearms purchases.

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