700 Catalytic Converters Seized from Edmonton Metals Recycler – Edmonton
In addition to 700 catalytic converters worth about $1.4 million, Edmonton police also found drugs and a firearm in a raid southeast of the city.
The EPS joined the investigation of A1 Scrap Metal Recycling Ltd. in the summer of 2022 as part of a drug trafficking investigation. he started
Police noted “direct drug dealing conducted from stores” near 88 Street and 61 Avenue.
In a press release on Wednesday, police also said they saw “unidentified people visiting the scrap metal and catalytic converter shop.”
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In November 2022, a search warrant was issued at the business and another home, which found over 1,400 grams of fentanyl (street value $285,000), over 2,000 grams of cocaine (street value $180,000), a handgun Illegally loaded 9mm Glock, illegal possession. magazine found with 41 9mm rounds, over 700 catalytic converters (street value $1.4 million) and thousands in cash.
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Tekie Awte, 27, was later arrested and charged with eight drug and firearm related charges and multiple violations.
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The accused had previously been charged by Edmonton police with a similar catalyst. In 2020, Awte, then 24 years old, was charged with trafficking in stolen property, possession of stolen property for the purposes of trafficking, possession of property obtained through crime and money laundering.
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In this most recent investigation, two other suspects were identified and charged with the same crimes: Meron Semere Okbamichael, 28 years old, and Simon Semere Okbamichael, 26 years old.
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On January 5, 2023, additional fees were charged.
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Both Awte and A1 Scrap Metal Recycling Ltd. have been charged under the Scrap Metal Dealers and Recyclers Identification Act:
- Failure to obtain and record information related to the transaction
- Failure to provide the necessary information collected in the required time
- Failure to use traceable currency to purchase scrap
Under this law, individuals can be fined $10,000 for a first offense or less than one year in prison, or both, and $25,000 for a second offense or less than one year in prison, or both.
Businesses can face a fine of $50,000 for a first violation and $200,000 for a second violation.
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