On May 20, 2021, members of the Wetaskiwin Crime Reduction Unit attended a rural property to conduct a curfew compliance check on a 41-year-old male. While on the property, members noticed a newer model Dodge Ram parked in a thick wooded area on the property. Members had been notified about a theft of four newer model Dodge Rams from the Ponoka Dodge Dealership on May 17, 2021.
Further investigation determined that this truck was one of the trucks that had been stolen from the dealership. The scene was held, and the following morning a search warrant was executed at the residence. RCMP recovered the stolen Dodge 3500 valued at over $82,000 along with the key fob, one litre of Gamma-Hydroxybutyrate (GHB) and materials related to trafficking controlled substances.
The 41-year-old male was on a release order for trafficking controlled substances out of Red Deer and had been arrested a few weeks prior to that for trafficking controlled substances in Wetaskiwin.
As a result of the investigation, the following charges have been laid against the 41-year-old male of Wetaskiwin County, Alta.:
- Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5,000.00
- Possession of a Controlled Substance for the Purpose of Trafficking
- Fail to comply with release order
The 41-year-old male was brought before a Justice of the Peace and was remanded into custody and is scheduled to appear in court in Wetaskiwin on June 1, 2021.