January 15th, 2021

Bomb-making suspect has case adjourned to Jan. 28


By Delon Shurtz on December 18, 2020.

LETHBRIDGE HERALDdshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A Lethbridge man accused of making a bombs in his residence won’t return to court until the new year so his lawyer can go over a large amount of disclosure from the Crown’s office.
Lethbridge lawyer Vincent Guinan, who was in provincial court Thursday, said the matter for his client, Shaun Ryan Hlavach, is complex, particularly the charges relating to explosives. He told court he is still discussing the case with the Crown and was granted an adjournment to Jan. 28.
Hlavach, who was released on bail in October, faces more than 30 criminal charges stemming from a police raid on a southside home Sept. 24.
Lethbridge police were looking for drugs when they searched a home in the 800 block of 16 Street South. The explosive disposal unit was called in, however, after police noticed several suspicious packages. The explosives unit confirmed the items were improvised bombs.
Police reportedly found seven explosive devices, along with suspected fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine, as well as more than $13,000 in cash, stolen property and ID documents, and various items one of the suspects was prohibited from possessing.
Hlavach’s charges include multiple counts of drug possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime over $5,000, possession of a prohibited weapon, knowingly possessing a prohibited weapon, unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of an explosive substance, possession of stolen property and possession of identity documents.
Hlavach was released from custody Oct. 15 on $1,500 bail with conditions that he report weekly to the Lethbridge Police Service, abstain from the use and possession of drugs, not possess any weapons and surrender any weapons he may have, reside in an approved residence and obey a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week curfew, with exceptions for medical emergencies and employment.

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