Grande Prairie woman facing firearms trafficking charges – Global News

Grande Prairie woman facing firearms trafficking charges - Global News
Northern Alberta woman charged with firearms trafficking
A Grande Prairie woman is facing a series of firearms trafficking charges, after an investigation by the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams.

ALERT’s Grande Prairie organized crime and gang team was investigating Kohuch under allegations that she was “straw purchasing” handguns, meaning she bought them legally and then was re-selling them on the criminal market.

It was brought to the organization’s attention by the RCMP’s National Weapons Enforcement Support Team.

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

ALERT said that Kohuch had purchased five handguns since July, including one on the morning she was arrested.

“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.

She has been charged with eight offences, including trafficking a firearm and possession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking.

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.

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 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.

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