Police execute hours-long stolen property search warrant at southern Alberta home

Editor’s update: The charges against David Brazeau were stayed by the Crown in January 2017.

Calgary police and RCMP seized an unspecified amount of drugs, firearms and several stolen vehicles during an all-day raid of an Airdrie-area acreage suspected of being used in a fencing operation. Three people were taken into custody.

Police entered the property near Yankee Valley Road and Range Road 291 at around 5 a.m.

Calgary police and RCMP have been on the scene of a rural Alberta home near Yankee Valley Road and Range Road 291 since early Tuesday morning, executing a stolen property search warrant.

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They made the arrests without incident, with help from RCMP tactical officers.

Search and rescue crews were called in to do a grid search because of the large size of the acreage, police said. It’s a 12-acre property with Quonset huts, trailers and many other outbuildings.

Police said Wednesday the following stolen property was recovered:

2001 VW Jetta2006 Honda TRX350 quad2004 Honda CRF50 dirt bike1999 Pace American cargo trailerChevy SilveradoSuzuki GSX FSA13 motorcycleKawasaki Ninja motorcycleHonda CRF 250 dirt bikeStolen licence plates

Police said the following drugs and weapons were also seized:

.22-calibre rifle with homemade suppressormore than 100 rounds of various ammunitionmarijuana worth $2,680heroin worth $575crystal meth worth $240two pellet gunscollapsible batonbear spray

Police said the goods they seized are likely stolen property from the city of Calgary that was being stored at and sold from the property.

David Jonathan Brazeau, 26, of Airdrie, and Justin Christopher Paquette, 25, of no fixed address, were charged with numerous weapons, drugs and stolen property offences. Paquette is also charged with being unlawfully at large. Calgarian Matthew Brandon Cooke, 26, was charged with outstanding warrants, police said Wednesday.

Neighbours told Global News police have been at the acreage many times over the past five years.

“They did a bit of a stakeout I think two years ago on them, and there’s just police always coming there,” said Mauri, who lives nearby and did not give her last name. “(The acreage residents have) a bit of a reputation for dealing drugs and stuff out of there.”

Another neighbour also suspected unusual activity at the property, and was concerned to learn of the nature of the seizures.

“It’s just a little bit nerve-racking to know that it’s just down the road from where my kids play and my dogs run,” Lindsay Jarmain said.

Calgary police and RCMP have been on the scene of a rural Alberta home near Yankee Valley Road and Range Road 291 since early Tuesday morning, executing a stolen property search warrant.

Global News

With files from Global’s Erika Tucker

Editor’s note: This story was originally published Tuesday April 12, but updated Wednesday to reflect the property that was seized and the names of the people charged.

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