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Cold Lake RCMP arrest two after finding handgun

Cold Lake RCMP have arrested two males after finding a 40-calibre handgun and suspected methamphetamine and cocaine.
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Cold Lake RCMP found a 40-calibre handgun on one of the suspects they arrested on May 3.

COLD LAKE - Cold Lake RCMP arrested two men after they located a 40-calibre handgun in their possession. 

In addition to what has been suspected as methamphetamine and cocaine, Cold Lake RCMP found a 40-calibre handgun when they searched James Robert Dean Lees and a second suspect on Monday, May 3. 

Officers, in addition to the Cold Lake Police Dog Service Unit, and Lakeland Crime Reduction Unit, responded to a report of suspicious activity on a rural property near Hwy. 55 in Cold Lake. 

Police attended the scene and located two male suspects who were trespassing on the property. After speaking with the individuals, police determined one of the males was wanted on outstanding warrants and provided police with a false name.

A high-risk arrest was conducted and both suspects were taken into custody. During a search of one of the suspects, officers found a 40-calibre handgun and what is believed to be methamphetamine and cocaine. 

Lees, a 23-year-old Cold Lake male, has been charged with possession of a firearm while prohibited, careless use of a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm while unauthorized, possession of a restricted firearm without a licence, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, failing to comply with a weapons prohibition, possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking, obstruction/resist arrest, mischief, 13 counts of failing to comply with a release order, and failing to comply with a probation order. 

He was remanded into police custody and is scheduled to appear in court May 6. 

The second male, who cannot be identified by police as his information has not yet been sworn was charged with mischief and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. He was released by police on an undertaking with conditions and is scheduled to appear in court July 14.