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Red Deer “chop shop” bust nets treasure trove of stolen goods

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Red Deer RCMP make arrest during TRAP search warrant 

In the month of September, the Red Deer RCMP’s Crime Reduction Team (CRT) conducted a Targeted Response to Auto Theft Project (TRAP).

As a part of the project, CRT obtained a search warrant for a suspected “chop shop” at a property in Chiles Industrial Park. Upon executing the warrant, CRT recovered a 2019 Jeep Compass, stolen out of Red Deer, that was in the process of being stripped for parts, and a 2012 Keystone Travel Trailer stolen out of British Columbia. In addition to the vehicles, a number of external hard drives, computers, bikes, and other stolen items were seized.

“These targeted projects are a very effective tool in reducing crime and making arrests,” says Corporal Matthew Strader, Red Deer RCMP. The recent TRAP project resulted in 75 arrest warrants being executed, 45 charges laid and 14 Provincial violation tickets issued.

Ahmed Moawad (37) of no fixed address was charged with 14 offences in relation to the operation in Chiles Industrial Park, which included:

  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000
  • Possession of weapon for a dangerous purpose
  • Careless use of a firearm
  • Unauthorized possession of a restricted firearm
  • Possession of a controlled substance
  • Illegal possession of government documents
  • Failure to comply with release conditions (x4)

He was remanded into custody after a judicial hearing and will be appearing in Red Deer Provincial Court on Oct. 14, 2020.

 

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Armed and Dangerous – RCMP on the lookout for 25 year old Red Deer suspect in Sunnybrook murder

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Red Deer RCMP call in Major Crimes Unit to investigate incident 

The Red Deer RCMP and Major Crimes Unit are asking the public’s assistance in locating a wanted male in relation to an homicide that occurred on Nov. 25, 2020.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Dustin Mitchell (Coats), age 25 of Red Deer, Alta.

Dustin Mitchell is described as;

  • Caucasian
  • 6 feet tall / 160 lbs
  • Brown hair and brown eyes
  • Tattoos: Still (under right eye) breathing (under left eye) and scroll writing on neck

Dustin’s current whereabouts are unknown and is believed to be armed and dangerous and should not be approached by the public. If located, you are asked to call 911 and provide the location.

Red Deer RCMP are asking the public’s assistance for any information in identifying his whereabouts. Please contact Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575 or your local police. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can 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.

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Nov 26, 2020

At around 5 p.m. on Nov. 25, Red Deer RCMP attended a residence on Stewart Street, in the Sunnybrook neighbourhood. Upon investigation of the scene, a deceased adult was located and the Major Crimes Unit was called in to take carriage of the investigation.

The Red Deer RCMP and Major Crimes believe this to be an isolated incident, and have no further public safety concerns.

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Over 1 million contraband cigarettes seized in Edmonton

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From Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC)

Multiple contraband tobacco products seized by AGLC investigators

More than 1 million contraband cigarettes with a value of more than $665,000 were recently seized following an investigation by Alberta Gaming, Liquor & Cannabis (AGLC).

The total potential lost tax revenue is estimated to be more than $292,000.

The seizure took place at a storage facility in central Edmonton. Jian Wang of Edmonton was charged with trafficking in contraband tobacco contrary to section 121.1 of the Criminal Code of Canada. The accused is scheduled to appear in Edmonton Provincial Court on February 17, 2021.

Contraband tobacco:

  • is any tobacco product that does not comply with federal and provincial laws related to importation, marking, manufacturing, stamping and payment of duties and taxes;
  • comes from four main sources: illegal manufacturers, counterfeits, tax-exempt diversions and resale of stolen legal tobacco; and
  • can be recognized by the absence of a red (Alberta) or peach/light tan (Canada) stamp bearing the “DUTY PAID CANADA DROIT ACQUITTÉ” on packages of cigarettes and cigars or pouches of tobacco.

In addition to lost revenues that may otherwise benefit Albertans, illegally manufactured products also pose public health and safety risks as they lack regulatory controls and inspections oversight.

All wholesalers and importers of tobacco into Alberta must be licensed to sell or import tobacco for resale. Furthermore, all tobacco products must be labelled according to federal and provincial regulations. Albertans who suspect illegal tobacco production, packaging and/or trafficking are encouraged to contact AGLC’s Tobacco Enforcement Unit at 1-800-577-2522.

Under a Memorandum of Understanding with Alberta Treasury Board and Finance, AGLC enforces the Tobacco Tax Act and conducts criminal investigations of contraband smuggling. In 2019-20, provincial revenue from tobacco taxes was $805 million.

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