MEDICINE HAT, AB — The Medicine Hat Police Service have identified the six people arrested and charged in connection with a recent seizure of drugs and weapons from a home and vehicle.
The police service’s Organized Crime Unit conducted a search of a residence in the 1100 block of Dominion Street SE, as well as a vehicle associated with the residence on March 16. Police seized a loaded shotgun, ammunition and body armour, along with approximately $4,000 worth of methamphetamine, heroin, fentanyl and proceeds of crime.
Jesse Dean Imeson, 35, is charged with two counts of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, unauthorized possession of body armour, careless storage of a firearm, possession of a firearm in a vehicle, possession of a firearm obtained by an offence, and possession of methamphetamine.
David Aaron Greenwood, 47, is charged with possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of marijuana, possession of proceeds of crime, two counts of possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, possession of a firearm in a vehicle, and possession of a firearm obtained by an offence.
John Stewart Mueller, 59, is charged with trafficking methamphetamine, possession of heroin for the purpose of trafficking, possession of fentanyl, possession of proceeds of crime, and unauthorized possession of identification.
Karsten Bridgman, 26, is charged with possession of marijuana, possession of cannabis resin, possession of methamphetamine, possession of hydromorphone, possession of a weapon dangerous to the public, and two counts of breach of recognizance.
Justin Peter Tye, 27 , is charged with possession of a controlled substance, and two counts of breach of recognizance.
Amara Rose Meyer, 37, is charged with breach of probation.
Meyer was released from custody with a court appearance scheduled for April 26.
Greenwood, Bridgman, and Mueller where held in custody with bail hearings scheduled for March 21, 2017.
Imeson and Tye were held in custody with bail hearings scheduled for March 22, 2017.
All six of the accused are from Medicine Hat.
Police say they continue to see a rise in firearms seizures in drug related investigations, and say if the trend continues, the number of drug related firearm seizures could more than double from the previous year.
Firearms were present in six drug investigations in 2015, 13 in 2016 and six to date in 2017.