Red Deer, Alberta – Red Deer RCMP made a number of arrests while conducting proactive patrols in areas known for criminal activity, and located numerous suspects who were wanted on outstanding warrants. RCMP made more arrests while conducting compliance checks on individuals known to have court imposed conditions such as curfews; these strategies are key to Red Deer’s Pinpoint crime reduction focus on repeat offenders and emerging issues. Red Deer RCMP made more arrests thanks to reports from the public regarding suspicious activity, and thank Red Deerians for their continued support and vigilance.
May 5 – 2018
At 9 pm on May 5, RCMP responded to a report of a personal robbery after a man allegedly robbed a woman of her sunglasses at knifepoint in the area of 50 Street and 51 Avenue. RCMP responded immediately and located the suspect nearby on foot; he was arrested after a brief foot chase.
21 year old Zachary John Wahobin faces the following charges:
· Criminal Code 344(1)(b) – Robbery with weapon
· Criminal Code 129(a) – Resist/ obstruct peace officer X 2
· Criminal Code 88(1) – Possession of weapon for dangerous purpose
· Criminal Code 733.1(1) – Fail to comply with probation
Wahobin was remanded to appear in court in Red Deer on May 7 and is scheduled to appear next on May 23 at 9:30 am.
May 4 – 2018
Shortly before 3 pm on May 4, Red Deer RCMP located a truck that had been stolen out of Blackfalds and used On Star to track it as the truck moved through Red Deer. When it was safe to do so, RCMP had On Star shut down the truck in the Normandeau neighbourhood and arrested the male driver after a brief foot chase. RCMP located two stolen bicycles in the back of the truck and seized what is believed to be heroin, crystal meth and marijuana, as well as pepper spray, a knife and break-in tools
29 year old Bryan Anthony Penso faces
· Criminal Code 249(1) – Dangerous operation of motor vehicle
· Criminal Code 351(1) – Possess break-in instruments
· Criminal Code 355(a) – Possession of stolen property over $5,000
· Criminal Code 355(b) – Possession of stolen property under $5,000
· Criminal Code 88(1) – Possession of weapon for the purpose of committing an offense X 2
· CDSA 4(1) – Possession of Schedule I/ Schedule II substances X 3
· TSA 51(a) – Operate vehicle without holding operator’s license
· TSA 52(1)(a) – Operate vehicle without registration
· TSA 54(1)(a) – Operate vehicle without insurance
Penso was remanded to appear in court in Red Deer on May 7 and is scheduled to appear again on May 14 at 9:30 am.
May 2 – 2018
At 5:45 am on May 2, Red Deer RCMP responded to a report of a break and enter in progress at a business in north Red Deer after a witness reported observing a male suspect climbing over a fence to access the business. RCMP responded immediately and arrested the suspect without incident.
A 30 year old man faces a charge of Criminal Code 348(1)(a) – break and enter; he is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on June 26. His name cannot be released at this time as that charge has not yet been sworn before the courts.
May 1 – 2018
At 6:30 pm, RCMP attended a store in response to a report of a shoplifter, and arrested a woman who was found to be in possession of a number of stolen items and was wanted on numerous outstanding warrants.
23 year old Taylor Watkins-Paul was wanted on 21 warrants out of Innisfail, Red Deer and Canmore for multiple counts of possession of stolen property, failing to comply with conditions and failing to appear in court, as well as three traffic charges of driving without insurance. She now faces an additional charge of theft under $5,000 and two counts of failing to comply with conditions. Watkins-Paul was remanded to appear in court on May 4 and is scheduled to appear again on May 11 at 9:30 am.
April 30 – 2018
At 9:30 pm on April 30, RCMP responded to a report of suspicious activity in a north-end industrial parking lot and located a suspect who was found to be breaching court-imposed conditions, including a curfew.
19 year old Austin Joseph Pollock faces two counts of Criminal Code 145(3) – fail to comply with conditions. He is scheduled to appear in court on May 29 at 8:30 am.
April 30 – 2018
Shortly before 9 am on April 30, RCMP responded to a report of suspicious activity in a vehicle parked in Oriole Park. On arrival, RCMP located a suspect in the car who was wanted on outstanding warrants and was in possession of what is believed to be methamphetamine.
25 year old Tyler James Nugent was wanted on four warrants out of Red Deer for impaired driving, driving over 0.08, failing to attend court and a traffic charge; he was wanted on five warrants out of Sundre for impaired driving, driving while unauthorized, and several other traffic charges, and another warrant out of Didsbury for failing to attend court. Nugent now faces an additional charge of CDSA 4(1) – Possession of Schedule I substance (methamphetamine). He is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on May 18 at 8:30 am.
April 29 – 2018
Shortly before 2:30 am on May 29, RCMP on patrol in downtown Red Deer located a suspect who was wanted on two outstanding warrants for breaching his probation. At the time of his arrest, RCMP determined that he was further breaching his probation. In addition to his warrants, 39 year old Devlin Brighar faced a new charge of breach of probation. He appeared in court in Red Deer on May 4 and those charges have now been dealt with by the court.
April 26 – 2018
The evening of April 26, members of the Red Deer RCMP crime reduction team were on proactive foot patrol in downtown Red Deer when they located a suspect in possession of fentanyl and what is believed to be methamphetamine. The suspect gave a false name but was soon identified by police.
54 year old Dereck Kirkpatrick faces two charges of CDSA 4(1) – possession of Schedule 1 substances and one charge of resisting/ obstructing a peace officer. Kirkpatrick is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on May 9 at 1:30 pm.
April 25 – 2018
Red Deer RCMP conducted a curfew check on April 25 and determined that the man in questions wasn’t at the residence, in violation of his court-imposed conditions. Red Deer RCMP conduct conditions checks regularly on numerous individuals as part of the Pinpoint crime reduction strategy.
29 year old Tyler Kellington faces a charge of failing to comply with probation; he made his first court appearance in Red Deer on May 4 and is scheduled to appear again on June 18 at 9:30 am.
April 24 – 2018
Shortly after 2 am on April 24, Red Deer RCMP on bicycle patrol in Riverside Meadows noted suspicious activity and, on investigation, located a suspect who was in possession of what is believed to be cocaine. The suspect was further found to be wanted on outstanding warrants out of Red Deer.
In addition to the warrants, 22 year old Alli Kevin Halkett faces one charge of CDSA 4(1) – possession of Schedule I substance. He is scheduled to appear in court in Red Deer on May 8 at 8:30 am.
April 19 – 2018
A man who was arrested on April 3 for theft of mail is now wanted on warrants after failing to appear in court on April 13 to face those charges. The charges stem from a report received by Red Deer RCMP on April 3 that a suspect was seen breaking into apartment mailboxes. RCMP attended and located the suspect nearby in possession of a number of pieces of stolen mail. RCMP took him into custody and returned the mail to its owners.
28 year old Dallas Albert Rain is wanted on warrants for the following charges:
· Criminal Code 356(1)(a) – Theft from mail under $5,000 X 5
· Criminal Code 430(4) – Mischief under $5,000 X 2
· Criminal Code 145(2)(a) – Fail to attend court
If you have information about Rain’s whereabouts please call the Red Deer RCMP complaint line at 403-343-5575.
Search warrant seizure: Early morning traffic stop leads Innisfail RCMP to firearms cache in Penhold
News Release from Innisfail RCMP
Innisfail RCMP execute search warrant recovering numerous firearms, charges laid
At approximately 5 a.m. on Nov. 30, 2021, Innisfail RCMP observed a subject known to police to violate his court-imposed conditions by leaving his residence in Penhold, Alta., and depart in a vehicle.
With the assistance of Blackfalds RCMP, a traffic stop was conducted on Highway 2A leaving Penhold. Three occupants in the vehicle were located in possession of two firearms. The vehicle and firearms were seized and the occupants, two males and one female, were arrested.
Search warrants were obtained and executed by Innisfail RCMP at the residence in Penhold as well as on the seized vehicle with the assistance from the Southern Alberta Crime Reduction Unit (SACRU), Forensic Identification Section (FIS), and the National Weapons Enforcement Support Team (NWEST) along with Blackfalds and Innisfail ITU
A total of 21 prohibited and non restricted firearms were seized, along with silver coins, collectable currency and suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Jordan Glasgow (21) from Penhold, Casey Laprise (33) of no fixed address, and Amber Parfitt (37) from Olds, Alta., have been jointly charged with numerous offences:
- Possess firearm in vehicle (x2)
- Possession of a firearm obtained by crime
- Possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace (x2)
- Possession of stolen property over $5000 (x2)
- Possession of stolen property under $5000
- Possession of break in instruments
Jordan Glasgow and Amber Parfitt have been jointly charged with:
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm (x3)
- Unsafe transportation of firearm in motor vehicle
- Possess loaded firearm
Jordan Glasgow has also been charged with:
- Possession of a weapon dangerous to public peace
- Fail to comply with release order
- Unsafe storage of a firearm (x2)
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm (x2)
- Possession of a firearm obtained by crime
- Possession of stolen property under $5000 (x2)
Amber Parfitt has also been charged with:
- Possession for the purpose of trafficking (CDSA)
- Possession of a controlled substance (CDSA)
- Possession of stolen property over $5000
Casey Laprise has also been charged with:
- Unsafe transportation of a firearm in a motor vehicle
- Possession of a loaded firearm
- Unauthorized possession of a firearm (x2)
After a judicial hearing, all three accused were remanded to custody. Casey Laprise and Amber Parfitt will next be appearing on Dec. 9, 2021, and Jordan Glasgow on Dec. 12, 2021, in Red Deer Provincial Court.
Innisfail RCMP General Investigative Section believe the firearms seized are related to a recent Break and Enter in Innisfail and are continuing to investigate.
Innisfail RCMP are encouraging the community to report criminal or suspicious activity when it is observed as too often incidents are reported long after the incident. Reports tell us where to look, who to look for, and where to patrol in the future. If you see a crime in progress, dial 911. If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), online at www.P3Tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play Store.
Two Million Dollar Drug Bust in Edmonton
News Release from ALERT (Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team)
Project Elk concludes with eight arrests, millions in drugs and assets seized
A two-year cross-Canada drug trafficking investigation has concluded with eight Edmonton suspects facing charges. ALERT seized roughly $2 million in drugs, cash, and proceeds of crime.
Project Elk was a lengthy investigation into an Edmonton-based drug trafficking network that was involved in drug importation. Eight suspects were arrested and charged in October 2021 with offences ranging from drug and firearms related, to conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, to commission of an offence for a criminal organization.
The suspects are scheduled to make their initial court appearances on November 25, 2021.
“Project Elk will prove to be significant disruption to drug markets in Edmonton and other communities in northern Alberta. The negative impacts of drug trafficking are multi-faceted and connect back to societal harms such as gang-related violence, theft, property crimes, and healthcare implications,” said Inspector Kevin Berge, ALERT Edmonton.
ALERT Edmonton’s organized crime team spearheaded the investigation in November 2019, and Project Elk also involved the assistance of the Edmonton Police Service, and specialized RCMP units from Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Ontario.
In August 2020, ALERT intercepted a six-kilogram cocaine shipment that originated in Toronto. The seizure precipitated a series of search warrant executions in which six homes in the Edmonton were searched and one home in Strathcona County.
Project Elk resulted in the seizure of:
- Five firearms;
- 10 kilograms of cocaine;
- 17 kilograms of a cocaine buffing agent;
- 4.7 kilograms of meth;
- 2.9 kilograms of cannabis; and
- $135,000 cash.
In addition, ALERT seized roughly $200,000 in offence related property, including three vehicles, jewelry, diamond rings, and Rolex watches.
“The drug trade doesn’t pay in the end. If you’re not shot, you’re ending up in jail, and you’re only hurting the people around you. It’s not the glamourous lifestyle that is fictionalized for the sake of TV and movies,” said Berge.
A total of 35 criminal charges have been laid against:
- Tyshawn Walters, 29-year-old man from Edmonton;
- Kashane Walters, 34-year-old man from Edmonton;
- Kariyawasam Kariyawasam, 39-year-old man from Edmonton;
- Tyree Malcolm, 28-year-old man from Edmonton;
- Levi Collinge, a 39-year-old man from Edmonton;
- Boris Derpich, 43-year-old man from Edmonton;
- Stacey Sharpe, 35-year-old woman from Edmonton; and
- Trevor Bellows, 31-year-old man from Edmonton.
Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.
ALERT was established and is funded by the Alberta Government and is a compilation of the province’s most sophisticated law enforcement resources committed to tackling serious and organized crime.
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