Undercover cop testifies during a murder-conspiracy trial around Coutts, Alta. blockade

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A female undercover agent who infiltrated the border blockade near Coutts, Alta., in 2022 told the court that surveillance and interdiction exist, but seduction is not a tool of the trade.

“You are not allowed to use your sexuality or allow someone else to use their sexuality during the research. It is a non-issue,” the officer testified on Tuesday in response to questions from a prosecutor.

“We closed them immediately.

“We will quite often use (the stories we have) boyfriends or will be focused on the same gender – something that will take that off the table so it never really comes into the equation.”

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Anthony Olienick and Chris Carbert are on trial for conspiring to kill police officers during the blockade, a protest against COVID-19 rules that paralyzed traffic at the Canada-U.S. border in southern Alberta for two weeks.

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The officer, who cannot be identified, was identified as HQ1298. Media were moved to a separate room, but were allowed to listen.

The officer told the trial that she has been working undercover for 20 years on projects across the country, but mainly in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

She said she is trained in domestic terrorism and crime techniques, and how to memorize quotes, faces and descriptions.

“You remember it in your head. You play it over and over so you don’t forget it and you can repeat it. I still play it often,” she said.

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Olienick and Carbert were arrested after Mounties found a cache of guns, body armor and ammunition in trailers in the area.

They are also charged with mischief and possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose. Olienick is again accused of possessing a pipe bomb.

It was the second day the jury heard evidence. After opening arguments on Thursday, the trial became bogged down in legal arguments that cannot be immediately reported due to a publication ban.

“Do not speculate on the reasons for the delay,” Judge David Labrenz told the jury. “There’s a good reason for that.”

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