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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