Crime & Court

Lethbridge Police find explosive devices during drug search

LETHBRIDGE – Earlier on Friday, Lethbridge Police Service (LPS) executed a search warrant at a residence located in the 800 Block of 16 Street South that has been under investigation for several months related to drug trafficking. During their search, officers located unknown items at the residence. The LPS Explosive Disposal Unit (EDU) attended the scene and confirmed the items were improvised explosive devices (IED).

Neighbours were required to both evacuate and shelter in place while the IEDs were rendered safe and the residence was further searched. Stolen property, drugs and cash were seized and several people have been charged.

Shaun Ryan Hlavach of Lethbridge faces several charges including: three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000, 12 counts of possessing a prohibited weapon, two counts of knowingly possessing a prohibited weapon, two counts of unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon, seven counts of possession of an explosive substance, two counts of possession of stolen property and three counts of possession of identity documents. Hlavach’s bail hearing was held and adjourned for September 28, 2020.

Allyson Lauren Deal of Lethbridge, was charged with three counts of possession of a controlled substance and unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon. Her next court appearance is set for November 6, 2020.

Jocko Slade Trotter of Lethbridge, was charged with failing to comply with a release order. His next court appearance is set for November 24, 2020.

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