Red Deer, Alberta – A Red Deer man faces 42 Criminal Code charges after an RCMP search warrant at his residence on September 21 yielded stolen firearms and other stolen property as well as drugs.
Red Deer RCMP began their investigation after a break-in at the south Canadian Tire on September 15. The suspect stole a number of firearms and hunting supplies and then made his escape by stealing a company truck loaded with store merchandise. RCMP recovered the abandoned truck, still containing its cargo, the next day.
The subsequent investigation by the RCMP Community Response Unit and GIS Property Crimes Unit lead police to execute a search warrant on a residence on Orr Drive in the early morning of September 21. Police recovered 4 firearms, 10 GPS units, ammunition and firearms magazines, and various items of hunting equipment; RCMP also seized cocaine, heroin and drug paraphernalia consistent with drug trafficking.
A Red Deer man and a Red Deer woman were arrested without incident in conjunction with the investigation.
28 year old Travis James Kastrukoff faces the following charges:
- CDSA 5(2) – Possession of controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking X 2
- Criminal Code 86(1) – Careless use of firearm X 4
- Criminal Code 91(2) – Unauthorized possession of prohibited weapon
- Criminal Code 92(1) – Possession of prohibited firearm while knowing possession is unauthorized X 4
- Criminal Code 95(1) – Possession of prohibited firearm with readily accessible ammunition
- Criminal Code 96 – Possession of stolen weapon X 2
- Criminal Code 108(1)(a) – Alter/ remove serial number on weapon
- Criminal Code 117.01(1) – Possession of firearm contrary to court order X 6
- Criminal Code 355(b) – Possession of stolen property under $5,000 X 21
Kastrukoff will appear in Alberta Provincial Court in Red Deer on October 7 at 9:30 am.
A 22 year old Red Deer woman also faces several charges for possession of stolen property and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. Her name cannot be released at this time as those charges have not yet been sworn before the courts.
The investigation continues. If you have information regarding these or other drug trafficking activities, please call the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575. If you wish to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or report it online.
Cpl. Karyn Kay
Red Deer RCMP