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Vegreville Man Arrested For Illegal Guns, Homemade Bombs

27-year-old Alexander Bugghins of Vegreville is in custody after RCMP found a sawed off loaded rifle and homemade explosives in his backpack.

Police found the man around 5:30 in the afternoon on Thursday, believing he might have a prohibited firearm and ammunition. The explosives appear to have been a bit of a surprise.

In addition to the gun and bombs, the suspect had over 350 rounds of .22 caliber ammunition in the backpack as well.

Due to the high risk nature of homemade or improvised explosive devices, the Explosives Disposal Unit went to the Vegreville detachment to take the explosives for further analysis.

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Bugghins  has been charged with the following:

  • Possession of an Improvised Explosive Device Likely to Cause Harm or Death, S. 81(1) of the Criminal Code,
  • Possession of explosives for an unlawful purpose, S. 82(1) Criminal Code,
  • Careless use of a firearm, S. 86(1) Criminal Code,
  • Possession of a prohibited weapon for a dangerous purpose, S. 88(1) Criminal Code,
  • Unauthorized Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, S. 92(2) Criminal Code,
  • Possession of a Prohibited Firearm in an unauthorized place, S. 93(1) Criminal Code,
  • Possession of a Prohibited Firearm with Ammunition, S. 95(1), Criminal Code,
  • Possession of a Firearm or Ammunition contrary to Prohibition Order, S. 117.01(1) Criminal Code (3 counts).
  • Bugghins remains in custody, and has appeared in court today.

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