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Cold Lake RCMP arrest three, locate firearms and drugs

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Cold Lake RCMP seized firearms, a knife, and drugs during their Feb. 6 arrest. Photo provided by RCMP.

COLD LAKE - Cold Lake RCMP have arrested three suspects and seized firearms and drugs following a pursuit. 

On Thursday, Feb. 6, Cold Lake police were contacted about a man outside of a bank loading a gun. 

A witness contacted RCMP after seeing the suspect in a truck parked outside of a bank. When officers resonded, they located the suspect vehicle driving away from the area. 

Police attempted to pull the truck over, but the vehicle fled onto Hwy. 28. During the pursuit, the suspect truck lost control and collided with a police vehicle. 

The suspect truck attempted to flee the ditch before it was disabled by another police vehicle. 

Dylan Cowston, 21 of Cherry Grove, Omar Csurdi, 22 of Cold Lake, and James Lees, 22 of Cold Lake, were arrested and charged.

A loaded firearm, ammunition, a knife, and drugs were seized. 

Cowston has been charged with offences including robbery with a firearm, two counts of careless use of a firearm, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and two counts of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. 

Csurdi has been charged with robbery with a firearm, two counts of careless use of a firearm, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and three counts of breaching a court order, among others. 

Lees has been charged with robbery with a firearm, two counts of careless use of a firearm, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possession for the purpose of trafficking, and flight from police. 

Csurdi and Lees were remanded into custody following a judicial hearing, while the third suspect, Cowston, was released with conditions. 

They were scheduled to appear in the Cold Lake Provincial Courthouse Feb. 12. 

In a press release, Cpl. Marie-Eve Mackenzie-Plante said, “Our prompt response to the initial 911 call and the thorough investigation completed has levied multiple charges against the accused... Our general duty members, along with Police Dog Services and General Investigative Section (GIS), will continue to keep our community safe when faced with these types of situations.”

Meagan MacEachern, Bonnyville Nouvelle




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