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Cocaine and Firearms Seized Following Joint Investigation in Grande Prairie

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  • More than half a kilogram of cocaine was seized along with two firearms following a joint investigation between ALERT, Fairview RCMP, Peace River RCMP and Grande Prairie RCMP.

     
    ALERT’s Grande Prairie organized crime and gang team made the seizure on January 5, 2018, during a traffic stop and the search of a home in Fairview, Alta.; three people were arrested in total. RCMP detachments from Fairview, Peace River, and Grande Prairie were all involved in the investigation, which dates back to September 2017.

    “RCMP detachments and ALERT will continue to collaborate on investigations in efforts to reduce crime in our communities,” says RCMP Cpl. Chris Warren. “A dynamic, provincially coordinated crime reduction program, supported by intelligence shared with our law enforcement and government partners, will reduce calls for service and decrease crime in our communities.”

    One of the accused, Khristopher Ali, was previously arrested by ALERT in September 2017 in what was believed to be one of Grande Prairie’s largest drug seizures. ALERT alleges that the 29-year-old man resumed his drug trafficking activities once released on bail.

    On January 5, Ali was arrested during a traffic stop and found to be in possession of 370 grams of cocaine. His latest charges include drug trafficking (x 3), possession for the purpose of trafficking, possession of proceeds of crime, and breach of recognizance (x 2).

    Two of Ali’s associates were also arrested in the most recent drug bust. Riley Salmond, 24, and Rebecca Zwick, 22, face a total of 27 charges relating to drugs, stolen property and firearms. A search warrant was executed at the pair’s Fairview home with various drugs, firearms and stolen property seized.

    The total value of the drugs seized is more than $68,000 and includes:

    • 590 grams of cocaine;
    • 58 grams of methamphetamine;
    • 261 grams of dried marijuana;
    • 75 grams of marijuana edibles;
    • 12 grams of psilocybin mushrooms;
    • 88 unknown pills;
    • two firearms;
    • various replica firearms and weapons; and
    • $2,480 cash proceeds of crime.

    Ali was scheduled to appear in court on January 10. Salmond and Zwick were both released on bail.

    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. Members of Calgary Police Service, Edmonton Police Service, Lethbridge Police Service, Medicine Hat Police Service, and RCMP work in ALERT.


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    Slow down – or suffer the consequences

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  • Strathcona County Enforcement Services nab speeders on Highway 216

     Strathcona County, Alberta – During the past few weeks Strathcona County RCMP and Enforcement Services have received several complaints regarding speeding on Highway 216. As a result, officers dedicated six hours of enforcement to this location amongst other locations in the County over the past weekend.

    During this period of time, our officers detected over 70 vehicles exceeding the posted speed limits with some startling speeds;

    -Two vehicles were exceeding 190km/h

    -Two vehicles traveling at speeds of 170km/h to 175km/h

    -One vehicle traveling at a speed of 152km/h

    -Three vehicles traveling at speeds of 140km/h to 150km/h. 

    The speed limit on Highway 216 is 100km/h.

    Additionally, on the afternoon of Saturday April 14, 2018, a Jeep Wrangler was caught on 17 Street, south of Baseline Road traveling at a speed of 117km/h.  The speed limit on 17 Street is 60km/h.

    A collision at any of these speeds would spell instant death as vehicles and human bodies are not built for this kind of velocity.  At those speeds, a driver is not only risking his or her life, they are also placing everyone around them in jeopardy.  If convicted, a driver exceeding the speed limit by 50km/h or more may face a fine of $2,300.00 and could have their licence suspended for a period of up to 6 months.  Police urge motorist to drive responsibly and make the personal decision to follow the rules of the road.  Don’t wait on a collision or a ticket to change your driving behavior, make the commitment now.

    “Unsafe speed is a long-standing issue and continues to be a leading cause in car collisions,” says Cpl. Shayne Gudmundson of the Strathcona County RCMP. “Speed limits exist for public safety reasons, and we are committed to targeting those who place the public in danger.”


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    Rocky Mtn House- Lock Down at St. Matthew Catholic School

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  • Lock Down at St. Matthew Catholic School

    Rocky Mountain House, Alberta – On 2018-04-18 at 14:08 pm, Rocky Mountain House RCMP were dispatched to a call of an unknown teenaged male carrying a long barrel firearm near St. Matthew Catholic School who then appeared to have entered the school. The school was contacted by police and were placed on lock down. RCMP members attended immediately and cleared the school, determining the school and occupants were safe and unharmed.

    RCMP completed extensive patrols of the area, completed neighbourhood enquires and exhausted all avenues of investigation. Through corroboration between the RCMP and the staff of St. Matthew School the school was deemed safe and the lock down at the school was lifted. The RCMP do not believe the safety of the school or surrounding community is at any risk.

    If any additional information is known by the public regarding this event please contact the Rocky Mountain House RCMP detachment at (403)845-2882. The RCMP encourage the public to continue to report suspicious behaviour in their community to the RCMP or Crime stoppers.


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