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.
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.
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.
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.
“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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