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Drumheller RCMP / Major Crimes Unit Lay Further Charges in Homicide

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Drumheller, Alberta – The RCMP Major Crimes Unit have arrested and charged a youth as a result of the ongoing investigation into the murder of Fazal Rehman, whose body was discovered south of Morrin on October 16, 2017.

In late October, Dylan Donald Howard of Munson was arrested and charged with one count of first degree murder.  He remains in custody pending his trial.

The Major Crimes Unit from Calgary maintained carriage of this investigation and continued to investigate in partnership with other RCMP specialized units.  On June 5th 2017, a 16-year-old female was arrested and charged with Accessory after the Fact of Murder and Attempting Obstruction of Justice.  The female, who cannot be named according to the provisions of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is scheduled to appear in Provincial court in Calgary this morning at 9:30.

The RCMP will not be commenting further as the mater is now before the courts.

 

BACKGROUND:

 

UPDATE #1

October 27, 2017

Drumheller RCMP charge man with first degree murder

Drumheller, Alberta –  Investigators arrested a 20-year-old man yesterday for the murder of Fazal Rehman (36), whose body had been discovered at the scene of a burning vehicle in a rural area south of the village of Morrin on Monday, October 16, 2017.

The police investigation into the incident confirmed the identity of the deceased man is Fazal Rehman, of Calgary, who was known also by the name of Afzad Rehman.

An autopsy was completed by the Medical Examiner’s Office in Calgary on Thursday, October 19 and based upon its findings, as well as evidence gathered from the scene, the RCMP committed several specialized resources to the homicide investigation including its Major Crimes Unit (MCU) from Calgary, Forensic Identification Section (FIS), Auto Theft Section and Police Dog Services (PDS).

Yesterday, Dylan Donald Howard (20) of Munson, Alberta was arrested without incident in Airdrie.  Mr. Howard has been charged with one count of first degree murder and will appear in Provincial Court in Drumheller on Friday, November 10, 2017.

Morrin is approximately 263 kilometres south east of Edmonton and 161 kilometres northeast of Calgary.

Additional information will not be released at this time as the matter is now before the courts, however, should new details arise an updated media release will be issued.

 

 

Original News Release

October 17, 2017

Drumheller RCMP investigate human remains

Drumheller, Alberta – On Monday, October 16, at approximately 8:00 a.m., members of the Drumheller RCMP Detachment responded to a report of a burning vehicle in a rural area south of the village of Morrin, Alberta.  Firefighters from Morrin attended and extinguished the flames.  Human remains were discovered at the scene.

Members of the RCMP’s Major Crimes Unit (MCU) have assumed carriage of the investigation with assistance from the Drumheller RCMP Detachment and specialized units such as the RCMP’s Forensic Identification Section (FIS) and its Auto Theft Unit from Calgary.

The investigation is ongoing and the last known registered owner of the vehicle has been located and has been spoken to by police.  An autopsy is scheduled for tomorrow at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Calgary.

Morrin is approximately 263 kilometres south east of Edmonton and 161 kilometres northeast of Calgary.

The RCMP requests that anyone with information about this case to call the Drumheller RCMP Detachment.  In the event that callers wish to remain anonymous, they are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers by phone at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), or by internet at www.tipsubmit.com.

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More than $4M in illegal drugs seized during EDGE investigation

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News release from Edmonton Police Service

A nine month EPS investigation has culminated with the arrest of four males and the seizure of an estimated $4.3M in drugs and buffing agents.

“This investigation and the corresponding results are the culmination of nine months of commitment by our members to keep a significant amount of illegal drugs off Edmonton streets,” said Staff Sgt. David Paton, of the Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement Unit (EDGE). “The continued reduction of harm to our community is our number-one objective.”

Responding to intelligence received in the spring of 2021, the EPS Edmonton Drug and Gang Enforcement Unit (EDGE) began investigating several individuals allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade throughout the city.

Working in conjunction with the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Team (ALERT), EDGE members successfully arranged several undercover drug buys with four suspects over the last six months.

In October, investigators identified two addresses of interest; the first being the residence of the primary suspect, David Vidal, 31, near 208 Street and 61 Avenue with the second being an alleged drug stash pad on Secord Boulevard.

Police seized significant amounts of drugs and weapons at the culmination of this investigation including:

  • Methamphetamine – 5,784.5 g (est. street value of more than $206,000)
  • Cocaine – 11,374 g(est. street value of more than $607,000)
  • Other drugs – 4,591 tablets (cocaine or Fentanyl-based); 25.7 g Ketamine (est. street value $1,028)
  • Buffering agent – 897.85 kg (est. street value $3,500,000.00)
  • Firearms & ammunition – 12 gauge shotgun, .300 win mag rifle, 800 rounds of ammo
  • Other weapons: 2 tasers, brass knuckles, 2 butterfly knives, 2 sets of brass knuckles
  • Cash: Approximately $21,000
  • Vehicle: 2018 Kia Sorrento

Investigators have since arrested and charged:

David Vidal, 31, of Edmonton: 19 offences including drug trafficking and possession, firearms and weapon-related offences, child endangerment, proceeds of crime and resisting arrest.

Nathaniel Cloney, 39, of Edmonton: 6 offences including drug trafficking and possession and proceeds of crime.

Matthew Lunty, 33, of Edmonton: 6 offences including drug trafficking and possession and proceeds of crime.

Abraham Chavez, 37, of El Salvador: 4 offences including drug trafficking and possession and proceeds of crime; a warrant for his arrest has also been issued.

Anyone with any information about this or any other crime is asked to contact the EPS at 780-423-4567 or #377 from a mobile phone. Anonymous information can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or online at www.p3tips.com/250.

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Can you help RCMP identify this suspect?

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News Release from Red Deer RCMP

Red Deer RCMP seek public assistance to identify suspect

Red Deer RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance to help identify a suspect involved in an assault and robbery this past July.

On July 11, 2021 at approximately 7:30 a.m., a male arrived at the McDonalds located at 2502-50 Ave on a bicycle. The individual approached the occupant sitting inside of a parked 2012 Chevrolet Silverado and stole the vehicle. Around 8:40 a.m. that same morning, the suspect drove the stolen vehicle to a Fas Gas at 5926-54 Ave where he attempted a robbery. The suspect confronted a gas station employee and an altercation occurred, and the suspect fled in the stolen vehicle. Police later recovered the vehicle that day.

Red Deer RCMP are releasing images of the suspect so that the public might aid in identifying this individual. The suspect is described as a male wearing a blue hoodie, backpack with bright neon green straps, and camouflage cargo pants.

If you have information on these incidents or witnessed suspicious activity in your neighbourhood, please contact the Red Deer RCMP at 403-343-5575 or your local police department. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), on line at www.p3tips.com or by using the “P3 Tips” app available through the Apple App or Google Play store.

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