A 26-year-old man from Estevan is facing charges after the Saskatchewan RCMP’s Moose Jaw Crime Reduction Team executed two search warrants on a home in Estevan on Wednesday.
RCMP found and seized seven restricted handguns, three semi-automatic firearms and three long-barreled guns. One handgun and two of the long-barreled guns were loaded. Officers described the guns as being unsafely scattered throughout the home.
Alexander Li has been charged with unsafe storage of a firearm, and possession of a restricted weapon in a place other than where entitled and unlicensed possession of a restricted firearm with readily-available ammunition.
Estevan Police Service, the Saskatchewan RCMP Integrated Border Enforcement and the Estevan RCMP detachment assisted with the ongoing investigation.
“The seamless partnership between Moose Jaw CRT, other Saskatchewan RCMP units and the Estevan Police Service was pivotal to this investigation,” says Supt. Glenn Church, the officer in charge of Saskatchewan RCMP’s Saskatchewan Enforcement Response Team.
“Together, they’ve removed a significant risk from the community – these firearms were being stored in a careless way. Moose Jaw CRT is a new unit and one of its mandates is to disrupt the possession and trafficking of illegal firearms. They’ll continue to work to keep unsafe and illegal guns out of our communities.”