July 20th, 2024

Murder-conspiracy trial hears of weapons found in home near blockade at Coutts, Alta.

By The Canadian Press on June 21, 2024.

A truck convoy demonstrators continue to block the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alta., Wednesday, Feb. 2, 2022. An RCMP officer has testified that rifles, body armour and buckets full of ammunition were found in a modular home near the blockade. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. – An RCMP officer has testified rifles, body armour and buckets full of ammunition were found in a modular home near the border blockade at Coutts, Alta.

Const. Daniel Sauve says two rifles were found in the home in the village during an early morning police raid in February 2022.

He says the rifles were inside a soft carrying case in a closet and the cans of ammunition were found throughout the home.

Chris Carbert and Anthony Olienick are on trial charged with conspiracy to commit murder of police officers.

They were arrested after police raided the home and travel trailers on private property near the blockade protest over COVID-19 rules and vaccine mandates.

The blockade paralyzed traffic at the busy Canada-U.S. border crossing for two weeks.

Another Mountie testified Thursday that assault-style rifles, a shotgun, a pistol, ammunition and body armour were found in a trailer on the property.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 21, 2024.

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