Gun, bulletproof vest seized after man found passed out at wheel: Edmonton police

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A loaded handgun, a bullet proof vest, and drugs were seized after police were called to a north Edmonton alley for a man passed out at the wheel.

Officers responding to the 12:35 p.m. May 5 report of a man passed out inside a vehicle in the alley near 134 Avenue and 58 Street found him in the driver’s seat, said police in a Thursday release.

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Police arrested the man for being impaired before a loaded handgun, ballistic bulletproof vest, cocaine, methamphetamine, and Percocet pills were seized.

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The drugs are estimated by police to have a street value of $3,000.

Officers from the Edmonton Police Service (EPS) Northeast Branch located two loaded handguns after two separate vehicle stops earlier this month. This handgun was seized May 5. edm

In a separate case, this one May 11, police patrolling the area of 153 Avenue and 66 Street around 4:37 a.m. saw a vehicle speeding and stopped it near 93 Street and 151 Avenue. All three occupants fled on foot, with two quickly arrested by officers.

Investigators are still working to identify the third suspect who fled from police.

A loaded gun with loaded magazines was seized along with an unspecified quantity of drugs.

“This was some great work by our officers, taking guns off the street. This truly highlights the dangers that police face on a daily basis,” northeast division Staff Sgt. Susan Tames said of the separate gun seizures.

“What is also concerning is the complete disregard for three separate court ordered lifetime firearms bans against one of the male suspects who was found in possession of a loaded handgun.”

Tyler James Bjornstad, 37, is charged with three counts of possession of prohibited firearm contrary to order, possession of a firearm knowing possession unauthorized, prohibited firearm/weapon in vehicle, possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm, and obstructing a peace officer. His next court date is set for for May 30.

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Roxanne Larissa Franco, 33, is charged with breaching condition of a release order and obstructing a peace officer.

Farrukhi Sarvar, 22, is charged with possession of a firearm knowing possession unauthorized, unauthorized possession of firearm/weapon in vehicle, possession of prohibited or restricted firearm with ammunition readily accessible, possession of stolen property under $5,000 (proceeds of crime), three counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and possessing body armour without a valid permit. His next court date is set for May 24.

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