03/22/2018 12:12 EDT | Updated 03/22/2018 12:40 EDT

Calgary man arrested on weapons charges now faces two counts of manslaughter

CALGARY — A Calgary man who was originally charged with weapons trafficking linked to a homicide investigation now faces two counts of manslaughter.

Blaise Delaire, who is 26, appeared in court on the charges Thursday.

The charges are in connection to the deaths of Colin Reitberger and Anees Amr who were gunned down in the parking lot of a Superstore last May.

Another man, Christian Ouellette, 20, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder last June in the shootings.

Earlier this month police said the homicides may be linked to a Calgary-based organized crime ring believed to have connections to cross-border drug trading.

Police said the crime group acted as wholesale drug distributors handling international and interprovincial drug shipments of ecstasy, cocaine, meth, cannabis and fentanyl. (CTV Calgary, The Canadian Press)

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