Biggar man arrested by North Battleford RCMP gang unit has another court appearance

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A Biggar man arrested by the RCMP Gang Task Force was scheduled to enter a plea in North Battleford Provincial Court Nov. 2 but the matter was adjourned.

Matthew Greer, 34, is charged with possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose and driving while prohibited.

Greer, and three others, were arrested Sept. 2 after a traffic stop. Police say they saw occupants of two vehicles “interacting” with one another in a parking lot on Railway Ave. Police noticed weapons in one of the vehicles and one of the occupants was known to have an outstanding warrant. Inside the vehicle police found quantities of cocaine, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana. In addition, police found a firearm, weapons and a Taser.

Rae Ahenakew, 40, and Shynia Skeavington, 24, of Mosquito First Nation, and Desiree Hinse, 24, of Biggar, were also arrested. Ahenakew and Hinse were charged with possession of cocaine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of methamphetamine for the purpose of trafficking, possession of a firearm in a vehicle and obstructing a police officer. Skeavington was additionally charged with failing to comply with a probation order and two counts of possession of a weapon. Hinse was charged with possession of cocaine, carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of a weapon while prohibited and obstructing a police officer.

All four were released on bail after appearing in court in September. Both Skeavnington and Hinse failed to appear in North Battleford Provincial Court and bench warrants for their arrest were issued. Ahenakew is scheduled to appear Nov. 9. And Greer is now scheduled to appear Nov. 23.

Lisa Joy, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Battlefords Regional News-Optimist