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Alberta woman charged with ‘buying straw’ after recovering handgun in Saskatoon homicide

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An Edmonton-area woman faces nearly a dozen gun trafficking charges after a handgun she allegedly purchased ended up at a homicide scene in Saskatoon .

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The Edmonton Police Service (EPS) on Thursday announced 11 charges against Devon’s wife following a four-month firearms trafficking investigation.

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Police say the suspect obtained a Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) in late summer 2021 and in the fall of 2021 she purchased a number of licensed firearms restraint.

The Saskatoon Police Department responded to a suspicious death in December 2021 and recovered a firearm with its serial number erased, Edmonton police said. Police said the gun was traced to the Devon woman, who did not report the gun as stolen at the time. EPS was made aware of the connection last April, prompting the EPS Firearms Investigation Unit to launch an investigation.

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Amber Guy, 23, of Devon, Alberta, is charged with five counts of trafficking in firearms, five counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and misrepresentation. .jpg

Shortly after the investigation began, the woman reported to the RCMP that her vehicle had been stolen with her registered firearms and ammunition inside. It occurred to investigators that the stolen vehicle report might be fake, made to cover up the suspect’s arms smuggling.

Last July, an independent criminal investigation by the EPS Gang Enforcement Team recovered a ‘defaced firearm’ that was once registered in the suspect’s name. The recovery of an additional firearm reinforced police’s belief that the woman was acting as a “straw buyer”, someone who uses a PAL to purchase firearms legally and then traffic them illegally.

EPS carried out a search warrant of the women’s home in Devon on August 16. Police said additional evidence supporting their case that she was dealing in firearms had been recovered.

Amber Guy, 23, was arrested and charged with five counts of trafficking in firearms, five counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and misrepresentation.

Guy has since been released.

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