Ten people charged following the theft and trafficking of firearms

Members of the Lethbridge Regional Police Priority Crimes Unit have charged 10 people and recovered five guns, $20,000 worth of drugs, counterfeit currency and other proceeds of crime following a series of drug-trade related incidents involving the theft and trafficking of firearms.

On Nov. 19, 2015, acting on information received earlier in the month, police obtained and executed a search warrant at a home along the 700 block of Heritage Boulevard West. A 20-year-old male, 38-year-old female and 25-year-old female were arrested and police seized an  unlawfully obtained, loaded bolt-action rifle, ammunition, drugs including Oxycodone, MDMA, methamphetamine, nearly $1,000 in counterfeit currency, drug paraphernalia and multiple items of suspected stolen property.

On November 22, 2015 just after 1 a.m. police responded to a report of a break and enter in progress at north side home. Upon arrival police located a broken window and found the front door insecure. The residence was searched, and while no one was located inside, police observed drugs, firearms and counterfeit currency in plain sight. Further investigation determined two hand guns had been stolen in the break-in and another hand gun had been stolen during a previous, unreported break and enter Nov. 18.

Several suspects were identified and later that morning patrols, with assistance from the Tactical Team, attended a home along the 100 block of Grand River Boulevard. The Tactical Team was deployed as a precautionary measure in light of the suspected presence of firearms inside the home. Access to the area was also limited due to the potential risk to the public.

Just before 10 a.m. a 30-year-old female and a 27-year-old female exited the home and were arrested without incident. A search warrant was subsequently executed and one of the stolen hand guns was recovered. The other two were not located at the time.

On Nov. 23, 2015 police arrested two additional suspects, a 25-year-old male and 25-year-old female, at separate locations without incident.

On Nov. 24, 2015 at approximately 8 p.m. members of the Tactical Team were again deployed to assist the Priority Crimes Unit with a high-risk search warrant for firearms at a home along the 2700 block of 6 Avenue North. A 20-year-old female, 26-year-old male and 45-year-old male were subsequently arrested, the second hand gun stolen in the break-ins was recovered and police also seized a quantity of cocaine and methamphetamine.

In addition, an eight-month old baby girl – the daughter of two of the subjects who were arrested – was inside the home and apprehended by Child and Family Services. She remains in CFS custody.

At this time investigation is ongoing to recover the third hand gun.

All of the parties involved in these incidents are known and associated to one another through the drug trade.

Charges from the Nov. 19 incident/search warrant:

Brandi-May Sokol, 38, of Lethbridge, is charged with:
Offer to manufacture or transfer a firearm, weapon or ammunition
Possession of an offensive weapon dangerous to the public
Unauthorized possession of a firearm
Knowingly possessing an unauthorized firearm
Possession of a firearm obtained by the commission of an offence
Carless use/storage of a firearm

She is remanded in custody to appear in court today.

Dylan Ivan Sokol, 20, of Lethbridge, is charged with:
Possession of a prohibited firearm and ammunition x3
Possession of counterfeit money
Unauthorized possession of a firearm
Knowingly possessing an unauthorized firearm
Possession of a firearm obtained by the commission of an offence
Careless use/storage of a firearm
Offer to manufacture or transfer a firearm, weapon or ammunition
Possession of an offensive weapon dangerous to the public

He is remanded in custody to appear in court today.

Samantha Rae Hattersley, 25, of Lethbridge, is charged with:
Possession of counterfeit currency
Possession of a controlled substance
Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking
Possession of the proceeds of crime

She is remanded in custody to appear in court today and Nov. 27.

Charges from the Nov. 22 incident/search warrant:

Kristen Rebecca Riemann, 30, of Lethbridge, is charged with:
Possession of a firearm obtained by the commission of an offence x3
Break and enter to steal a firearm
Unauthorized possession of a firearm
Possession of the proceeds of crime

Mereanda Josephine Sorensen, 27, of Lethbridge, is charged with:
Possession of a firearm obtained by the commission of an offence x3
Break and enter to steal a firearm
Unauthorized possession of a firearm
Failing to comply with a probation order

Riemann and Sorensen made their first court appearance earlier this week and are scheduled to return to court today.

Samantha Rae Hattersley, 25, of Lethbridge, is charged with:
Possession of a firearm obtained by the commission of an offence x3
Break and enter to steal a firearm
Unauthorized possession of a firearm
Possession of a firearm for the purpose of trafficking

She is remanded to appear in court today and Nov. 27.

Grant Yves Lemane, 25, of Lethbridge, is charged with breach of the conditions of a recognizance. He was released from custody with conditions and is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 3.

Charges from the Nov. 24 search warrant:

A 26-year-old Lethbridge man, who cannot be identified as doing so could identify a child in care, is charged with:
Weapons trafficking x2
Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking in a Controlled Substance x2
Possession of Firearm obtained in the commission of an offence x2
Unauthorized Possession of a Firearm
Knowingly Possess Unauthorized Firearm
Careless use of Firearm
Possession of Weapon for Dangerous Purpose
Possession of Firearm Contrary to Order x2
Causing a child to be drug-endangered

He was remanded to appear in court today.

A 20-year-old Lethbridge woman, who cannot be identified as doing so could identify a child in care, is charged with:
Possession for the purpose of trafficking in a controlled substance x2
Unauthorized possession of a firearm
Knowingly possessing an unauthorized firearm
Causing a child to be drug-endangered

She was released on conditions and is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 3.

Jason Morin, 45, of Lethbridge is charged with:
Breach of the conditions of a recognizance
Possession of the proceeds of crime

He was remanded in custody and is scheduled to appear in court today.

Further, police have charged 21-year-old Jordan Russell Sloan, whose residence was broken into Nov. 22, with two counts each of careless use/storage of a firearm, knowingly possessing a firearm where the serial number has been altered, defaced or removed, and one count each of possession of a prohibited weapon, knowingly possessing a prohibited weapon and possession of counterfeit currency. Sloan was released from custody with conditions and is scheduled to appear in court Dec. 4.