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Edmonton couple arrested by Maidstone RCMP remain in custody

An Edmonton couple arrested by Maidstone RCMP on weapons and drug charges are still in custody after making their first court appearance in Lloydminster Provincial Court on March 2.

An Edmonton couple arrested by Maidstone RCMP on weapons and drug charges are still in custody after making their first court appearance in Lloydminster Provincial Court on March 2.

Manal Ali Fawaz, 25, and Garnett O’Connor, 23, were charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a firearm while prohibited, carrying a concealed weapon, and unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle. 

Maidstone RCMP stopped an eastbound vehicle on Hwy 16 for travelling 174 km/hr in a 110 km/hr speed zone on Feb. 27.

After verbal interactions with the female driver, police started a drug investigation and arrested the two. Police obtained a search warrant and searched the vehicle. Hidden inside the vehicle they found 370 grams of suspected crack cocaine in four vacuum sealed bags, as well as a loaded pistol. 

Fawaz and O’Connor reappear in court March 10 to speak to the charges.

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Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist

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