Calgary, AB,

Gun seizure following high-risk vehicle stop

The Calgary Police Service has charged four individuals in relation to firearms that were found in a vehicle during a high-risk vehicle stop.

At approximately 10:50 a.m., on Saturday, June 17, 2017, police received a report of four men at a convenience store in northeast Calgary who were seen to have rifles and were observed getting into a dark-coloured Honda Civic and leaving the area.

At approximately 12:30 p.m., members of the CPS Gang Suppression Team noticed a vehicle matching the description and initiated a high-risk traffic stop in the 1700 block of Stoney Trail S.E.

A search of the vehicle revealed an SKS rifle loaded with 16 rounds of 7.62 x 39 ammunition in a guitar case, and a loaded, sawed-off pistol grip rifle with a .22 round in the chamber in a backpack. The occupants of the vehicle were safely taken into custody without further incident and charged as a result.

Joseph WOL, 50, Achol JAL, 20, Tong Mawiir TONG, 21, and Achuil CHOL, 30, have each been charged with two counts each of carrying a concealed weapon, possession of unauthorized weapon, hazardous storage of a firearm and prohibited firearm with ammunition. TONG has additionally been charged in relation to six outstanding warrants. CHOL was also charged with three counts of possession of a weapon contrary to an order.

The Gang Suppression Team (GST) is an overt uniform presence in the suppression of gang violence and the disruption of organized crime activities amongst known and emerging criminals. The GST enforces the Gaming and Liquor Act to ensure public safety by mitigating the potential for violence in and around licensed establishments. They also support the crime reduction efforts of all units in the CPS by providing a heightened level of skill and expertise in dealing with high risk activities associated to organized crime. This mandate is designed to assist front line policing in the reduction of violent calls for service.

Anyone with information about this case, or the incident at the convenience store, is asked to contact the Calgary Police Service non-emergency line at 403-266-1234. Tips can also be left anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers through any of the following methods:

TALK: 1-800-222-8477

Case #: 17250822/3825/4714/4276