Red Deer RCMP arrest three in drug trafficking operation

July 12, 2019
Red Deer, Alberta

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Drugs, firearms, ammunication, grenades, body armour and a large sum of Canadian currency

A joint investigation by the Red Deer RCMP and Sylvan Lake RCMP General Investigation Sections led to the arrest of three people and the seizure or drugs, cash, weapons and three hand grenades.

Between June 18 and June 26, 2019, police conducted an investigation into a drug trafficking operation in Red Deer and Sylvan Lake. On June 27, a search warrant was executed at a Sylvan Lake residence. As a result of that search warrant, police seized:

  • 416 grams of methamphetamine
  • 17 grams of fentanyl
  • 1.5 grams of cocaine
  • Three hand grenades
  • Body armour
  • Seven firearms
  • Ammunition
  • Large sum of Canadian Currency

Members of the Canadian Armed Forces from Wainwright, Alberta have since taken possession of the hand grenades for safety purposes and to confirm their authenticity.

"This is another important drug seizure for Red Deer and the surrounding community," said S/Sgt. Jay Peden, Acting Operations Support Officer for the Red Deer Detachment. "Not only did we disrupt the flow of drugs between two communities, we also uncovered and removed potentially dangerous weapons from the community."

As a result of the coordinated efforts of this investigation, three individuals were arrested and 35 Criminal Code charges were laid:

A 20-year-old female of Sylvan Lake has been charged with:

  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x2)
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Careless use of a firearm (x6)
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon (x6)
  • Possession of stolen property over $5000

A 31-year-male of Sylvan Lake has been charged with:

  • Possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking (x2)
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Careless use of a firearm (x6)
  • Unauthorized possession of a prohibited weapon (x6)
  • Possession of stolen property over $5000
  • Breach of recognizance

The male and female were both released on bail and will appear in provincial court in Red Deer on August 1.

Another individual, a 33-year-old male of Red Deer was also arrested during the execution of the search warrant. He was arrested on outstanding warrants and charged with the following offences:

  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Failing to comply with a recognizance

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Contact information

Red Deer RCMP
403-391-4034

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