N.B. woman and alleged gang member has court appearance

All charges against a North Battleford woman and alleged street gang member have been waived to Big Island Lake Cree Territory Circuit Point.

Tonia Cantel, 22, is facing charges in that court as well as Lloydminster Provincial Court in two separate incidents. On March 23 all of her matters were sent back to Big Island court. That Circuit Court remains closed due to COVID-19 so her matters will be heard in Meadow Lake Provincial Court on April 13.

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Cantel has been in custody since she was arrested in November 2020 and the Crown remains opposed to her release.

Cantel and other suspected gang members allegedly took police on a 150-kilomtre, two-hour chase. In that incident Cantel was charged with theft of a vehicle, storing a prohibited firearm, four counts of possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon, possessing a firearm without a license, being in a vehicle with an unauthorized firearm, possessing a prohibited firearm with accessible ammunition without registration, possession of a firearm with an altered serial number, endangering the safety of the public and flight from police.

Cantel also has prior charges out of Big River, including aggravated assault, operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm, robbery, and possession of property obtained by crime.

The charges against Cantel haven’t been proven in court.

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