RCMP seizes firearms and drugs from Airdrie home

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Three Airdrie residents are facing multiple charges including drug trafficking and drug and firearms possession after Airdrie RCMP served a search warrant on a home on Big Springs Drive Oct. 13, according to Sgt. Andrew Boxall.

“We conducted traffic stops on two vehicles on Oct. 12 and arrested three individuals and we found drugs in the vehicles,” he said.

“As a result of that, we executed a search warrant on Big Hill Springs Drive (on Oct. 13) where we seized a number of firearms, imitation firearms, cocaine, methamphetamine, marijuana, ammunition and cash.”

Tibor Benczik, 31, and Sabrina Calogeridis, 32, face the most serious of the charges: three counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking and four counts of unsafe storage of firearms.

Alexander Leo Hagel, 24, has been charged with one count of possession of a controlled substance, in this instance, cocaine.

Boxall said RCMP began an investigation of the three accused suspected of being involved in drug trafficking in late September.

“The investigation was conducted by members of the Community Response Unit, with the assistance of our General Investigative Section and our Police Dog Services and general duty members,” he said.

“It wasn’t a huge volume (of drugs that was seized) but it was enough, combined with other evidence that was indicative of drug trafficking, that we feel we’re able to prove that they were in possession of those items for drug trafficking.”

Benczik faces an additional charge of driving a motor vehicle while unauthorized. Both Benczik and Calogeridis were released on bail and will appear in Airdrie Provincial Court Dec. 7.

Hagel was released on a promise to appear and will be in Airdrie Provincial Court Nov. 23.

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