A man with connections to Rimbey has finally been nabbed by police and is facing a long list of charges.
Billy Kirk Okeynan, 31, was arrested in the early morning hours of Aug. 3 by Red Deer RCMP following a traffic stop in the city. Also arrested was Kelly Dawn Manson of Red Deer who is facing five charges, but was released to appear Aug. 27.
Upon searching the vehicle, police found a substantial amount of cash along with a shotgun, drugs and items associated with trafficking in illegal drugs. Okeynan also tried to pass of a false identify during the arrest.
He has been charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of stolen property, unauthorized possession of a firearm, two counts of possession of a dangerous weapon, obstruction, fraudulent impersonation to avoid prosecution and driving while unauthorized.
Okeynan made his first appearance Aug. 13 in Red Deer Provincial Court and was remanded in custody until his next appearance on Aug. 27.
He was also subject to numerous outstanding warrants from other incidents.
Okeynan will appear Sept. 1 in Wetaskiwin to set a trial date on 51 charges that include multiple counts of possession of stolen property, possession of a firearm or weapon obtained by crime, careless use or storage of a firearm, possession of a firearm or weapon in a vehicle, possession of a loaded prohibited or restricted firearm, possession of a controlled substance, possession of break-in tools, possession of dangerous weapon, driving while prohibited, failing to comply with a court order and unauthorized possession of a firearm.
Just two days later, he is slated to appear in Leduc to answer to several counts including theft over $5,000, mischief with damage, possession of stolen property, shop breaking with intent, theft of a vehicle and fraud.
He is also set to appear Sept. 9 in Breton to answer to charges of shop breaking with intent, theft over $5,000 and two counts of failing to appear.
Okeynan will also be in Wetaskiwin court to face two separate trials — Nov. 2 regarding failing to comply with release conditions and again on Apr. 9 on charges of possession of stolen property, possession of a dangerous weapon, possession of break-in tools, possession of a prohibited firearm, driving while prohibited, driving without insurance and possession of a defaced, altered or false document.