Two Irvine Residents Charged with Firearms and Weapons Related Offences
On April 13, 2017, members of Medicine Hat Police Service Priority Street Crimes Unit, with the assistance of the Redcliff RCMP, executed a search warrant on a residence located in Irvine, AB. Located and seized from within the residence were 10 firearms, 3 of which were prohibited due to modification of barrel length. Also seized were four home-made silencers, prohibited magazines, bear spray, 20 grams of marihuana, and several boxes and storage containers of ammunition.
Resulting from this investigation, two Irvine residents, Brandalyn Brandham, age 31, and Denver Ailsby, age 37, were both charged with; unsafe storage of a firearm, possession of a loaded prohibited firearm, possession of a prohibited firearm (x 4) and possession of a controlled substance.
Ailsby was also charged with breach of probation and possession of firearms contrary to court order.
Ailsby is scheduled to appear in court on April 20, 2017 and Brandham is scheduled to appear on May 9, 2017.
The Medicine Hat Police Service has noted a concerning increase in the amount of firearms seized in relation to drug related files. In 2016, firearms were seized as a result of 13 drug related investigation up from 6 investigations involving guns and drugs the year before (116% increase). Year to date in 2017 there have been 9 drug investigations that have concluded with the seizure of firearms.
Provincially, ALERT has identified a similar trend as officers across the province are encountering greater arsenals of weapons, including handguns and assault rifles. This alarming trend could signal an increase in volatility within the drug community, as guns are often used in organized crime for protection, to intimidate or to retaliate. Guns in the wrong hand pose a great risk to public and officer safety, binging an unwelcome level of violence to our communities.
Insp Joe West
Medicine Hat Police Service