Bail denied for controversial Edmonton landlord facing more charges

Abudullah Shah, also known as Carmen Pervez, was arrested Friday and charged with a slew of offences, including careless use of a firearm.

Edmonton police executed a search warrant on a property near 93 Street and 111 Avenue on Friday afternoon.

Ammunition, an edged weapon and stolen property were found and seized, EPS said.

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    Shah was arrested and charged with two counts of careless use of a firearm, possession of an offensive weapon dangerous to the public, two counts of possession of stolen property under $5,000 and three counts of breaching recognizance.

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    Tuesday morning, Shah was denied bail.

    Several community members attended the bail hearing.

    “Jail is where he belongs,” McCauley resident David Williamson said. “I don’t think he should be out on the street on bail.”

    Williamson lives a few doors down from one of Shah’s properties.

    “I’ve been threatened and intimidated by his associates,” Williamson added.

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    Earlier this year, the landlord was charged with numerous drug offences.

    After a drug seizure in April at the same address, Shah was charged with five counts of possession for the purpose of trafficking and possession of stolen property over $5,000.

    At that time, police seized two pounds of meth, hundreds of pills, as well as roughly $8,600 in cash. The street value of the drugs was estimated to be over $96,000.

    “I’ve witnessed first hand the effects – the detrimental effects – on a community and his tenants,” Williamson said on Tuesday.

    “It’s a cancer within our community.”

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    The EPS raided the same address in December 2015. Neighbours had been filing complaints about the property for months.

    Shah was previously convicted in a $30-million mortgage fraud.

    He is a landlord for dozens of properties in Edmonton’s inner city – some of which have been the source of public concern and complaints.

    A stop work order was issued for Eclipse Hookah Lounge on 93 Street and 111 Avenue after a 25-year-old was fatally shot there on Jan. 1, 2016.