By Delon Shurtz on September 25, 2021.
A 34-year-old man caught with weapons and drugs following a traffic stop earlier in the week, had his charges addressed for the first time Friday in Lethbridge provincial court.
However, the accused, Kody Abraham Martens, was in quarantine at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre and unable to appear in court, and his matter was simply adjourned for a week.
On Wednesday city police, armed with an outstanding arrest warrant, conducted a traffic stop and found a suspect in possession of cocaine, cash and shotgun shells. Police later searched a residence in the 200 block of St. James Boulevard North, and seized a loaded shotgun, a CO2 harpoon gun, a switchblade, multiple air pistols and bear spray. Officers also seized three suspected stolen bikes, including an e-bike worth $6,000, and quantities of fentanyl, methamphetamine and cocaine, worth about $3,350.
Martens is charged with two counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking, and single counts of assault with a weapon, unauthorized possession of a firearm, careless storage of a firearm, and possession of a firearm obtained by offence.
Court was told defence is waiting to be retained by Legal Aid, and the matter was adjourned to next Thursday, ostensibly for a bail hearing.
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