Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Big Firepower Discovered by Police during Central Alberta Drug Raids

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Big Firepower Discovered by Police during Central Alberta Drug Raids

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Big firepower turned up in drug raids

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RED DEER, Alta. - A silencer-equipped submachine gun capable of firing hundreds of rounds per minute was among several firearms seized by police during a series of drug raids in central Alberta.

Investigators say the MAC-11 was one of seven guns found when officers searched homes in Sylvan Lake and Red Deer on Oct. 12 to wrap up an investigation.

The small but dangerous machine gun is a rare find, police said.

"This is a prohibited firearm in Canada and in the wrong hands represents a major public safety concern," Insp. Chad Coles said Wednesday, noting the MAC-11 has a fire rate of 1,200 rounds per minute.

"That means in less than two seconds, the entire clip of 32 bullets would be discharged -- the person pulling the trigger would have little or no control over where the bullets are flying. …

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