Three men recently charged with a laundry list of firearm-related offences are well known to police, with charges in one instance dating back as far as 2011, court documents show.
Twin brothers Alexander Kurkut and Ryan Kurkut, both 27, were arrested on May 18 after an Alberta Law Enforcement Teams (ALERT) investigation recovered a host of firearms from a home in southwest Edmonton and a storage facility on Calgary Trail.
The brothers, who are subject to lifetime firearm bans, are now collectively facing close to 40 charges.
ALERT alleges the twins are involved in organized crime activity in Edmonton and Fort McMurray and that Nicolas Moore, 26, is one of their associates.
Moore was arrested on Feb. 21 inside a Fort McMurray restaurant and is now facing 23 charges related to firearms. Police allege that a loaded handgun was found tucked into Moore’s waistband at the restaurant.
Ryan Kurkut was acquitted by a jury of attempted murder in 2015 in relation to the shooting of a bar patron in the head near Jasper Avenue and 102 Street in March 2012.
He was also found not guilty of aggravated assault in connection with the same case.
His brother Alexander Kurkut was sentenced to 30 days imprisonment, which was time served in pretrial custody, for breach of recognizance in 2013.
Moore was found not guilty in October 2011 on an assault charge but in November of the same year was handed a four-month conditional sentence order and a three-year firearm prohibition for an assault on a man with a beer bottle.
In May 2012 he was slapped with a $1,400 fine and given a one year driver’s licence suspension for failing or refusing to provide a breath sample to a peace officer.
In November of the same year he was caught driving while disqualified and sentenced to 30 days imprisonment, six-months probation and an 18-month license suspension. He was also fined $500 for impersonating someone else to avoid police finding his disqualified driver status.