LETHBRIDGE: A retired Lethbridge police officer has been charged with weapons trafficking. The charges come after the Calgary Police Service got warrants Wednesday to search three locations and a vehicle in and around Lethbridge. After that search, they arrested one man in Lethbridge and took him into custody. Calgary Police Service allege the man, a licensed arms dealer, was buying the guns legally then selling them out of his vehicle without paperwork to the highest bidder.
The arrest is part of an ongoing Calgary Police Service investigation that led to a large weapons seizure in June 2010. At that time, Calgary police seized 16 firearms, including a machine gun, and laid 104 weapons-related charges against four different people.
Daniel Francis Bennett, 63, is now charged with nine counts of weapons trafficking. A total of 10 weapons were seized during the police search in Lethbridge Wednesday, but no charges have been laid in relation to those weapons. Lethbridge Regional Police say they helped the Calgary unit get the warrants Wednesday, but can't comment more because it's Calgary's file. They confirm Bennett was a member of the Lethbridge Regional Police Service, and that he retired in 2001.
Posted on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 4/19/2014 1:23:49 PM
Source: Marion Warnica, Country 95 News - photo of LRPS headquarters by Country 95 News