Beaverlodge man charged with firearms offences after posting online content

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Beaverlodge resident Joseph Paul Campbell, 38, has been charged with firearms offences after posting online messages law enforcement found concerning, RCMP said last week.

The content was posted to social media and drew the attention of the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), said Beaverlodge RCMP detachment commander Ash Browne.

“The (content) was definitely of high concern,” he said.

Browne described the social media content as consisting of “pictures of weapons and vague threats.”

He characterized the content as “anti-police, anti-government, pro-firearm (and) pro-drug,” but couldn’t comment further.

ATF took notice and U.S. law enforcement agencies determined the content may have originated from Canada, he said.

ATF contacted the RCMP headquarters in Ottawa and the source was narrowed down to Alberta, after which the Criminal Intelligence Service Alberta (CISA) was alerted, he said.

The information was passed to Beaverlodge RCMP at the end of October, which executed a search warrant Nov. 7 and seized three firearms.

RCMP charged Campbell with three counts of possession of a firearm without a license and three counts of careless storage of a firearm.

Browne said the investigation is concluded and there are no other charges pending, adding no other charges were “appropriate at this time.”

He cited the investigation as “example of how international agencies successfully work together to ensure the safety of our communities.”

Campbell was released on cash bail and is set to appear in Grande Prairie Provincial Court Nov. 30, according to RCMP.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News