RCMP in Hinton are warning Albertans to be aware that some "smartphones" may have more zaps than apps.
On June 18, police in Hinton seized a Conducted Energy Weapon (CEW) from a Hinton resident who was trying to sell the “stun gun” online.
The weapon had been disguised to resemble an iPhone.
One day later, a similar weapon was seized from a woman who, according to police, was causing a disturbance outside a Hinton bar. Police say the woman pulled out the weapon during a fight.
Charges have been laid against the 28-year-old woman, who is due in court next week.
Now, RCMP are warning that weapons masquerading as smartphones are prohibited under the Criminal Code, despite being available for sale online.