June 22nd, 2024

Undercover officers testify at murder-conspiracy trial around Coutts, Alta. blockade

By The Canadian Press on June 11, 2024.

A jury is set to return today to hear evidence in the trial of two men charged with conspiracy to commit murder at the 2022 border blockade at Coutts, Alta. A city employees walks over words of support chalked on the sidewalk outside the courthouse as the trial for two men charged with conspiracy to commit murder during the border protest at Coutts, Alta., gets underway in Lethbridge, Alta., Thursday, June 6, 2024.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – The jury at the trial of two men charged with conspiracy to commit murder at the 2022 border blockade at Coutts, Alta., is hearing evidence from female undercover officers who infiltrated the group.

Anthony Olienick and Chris Carbert were arrested after RCMP found a cache of guns, body armour and ammunition in trailers.

They are also charged with mischief and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

The blockade paralyzed traffic at the busy Canada-United States border crossing for two weeks.

The courtroom was cleared of the public and media for the testimony to protect the officers’ identities

Justice David Labrenz says the officers will only be identified by numbers and letters.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 11, 2024.

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