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Joint investigation between RCMP and ALERT leads to arrest of suspected Whitecourt drug dealer

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Jan. 26, 2021

Drugs, firearm seized from suspected Whitecourt drug dealer

Whitecourt, Alta— A joint forces investigation between Whitecourt RCMP and the Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams (ALERT) has led to the arrest of a suspected Whitecourt drug dealer. Methamphetamine, cocaine, cash and a firearm were seized.

On January 21, 2021, a Whitecourt residence was searched to conclude a short-term drug trafficking investigation between Whitecourt RCMP and ALERT Grande Prairie’s organized crime and gang team.

Inside the residence, police located approximately $28,000 worth of drugs and cash, including:

  • A shotgun;
  • 179 grams of methamphetamine;
  • 43 grams of cocaine;
  • $13,610 cash.

“Harmful drugs, such as methamphetamine, bring an assortment of negative consequences to our community. Whitecourt RCMP is grateful to partner with ALERT and get these drugs off the street,” said Sergeant Ted Zadderey, Whitecourt RCMP Operations NCOi/c.

“ALERT was able to successfully leverage intelligence developed by the Detachment. The arrest highlights a successful partnership and ALERT’s ability to enhance capacity across the province,” said Inspector Sean Boser, ALERT Regional teams.

Daniel Lee Scherer, a 27-year-old man from Whitecourt, has been arrested and charged with the following:

  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (Methamphetamine)
  • Possession for the purpose of trafficking (Cocaine)
  • Possession of a firearm without authorization
  • Unsafe storage of firearm
  • Fail to comply with undertaking conditions (x2)
  • Possession of property obtained by crime

Following a judicial hearing, Scherer was released on a number of conditions to appear in Whitecourt Provincial Court on February 23, 2021.

ALERT and RCMP began investigating Scherer’s suspected drug trafficking in November 2020.

Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call 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.

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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Judge sides with Enbridge Inc. in Michigan’s latest effort to halt Line 5 pipeline

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A judge in Michigan has ruled in favour of Enbridge Inc. in the company’s long-running dispute with the state over the Line 5 cross-border pipeline.

In her ruling, Judge Janet Neff says the case belongs in federal court — a blow to Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s bid to shut down the pipeline.

It’s the second time in nine months that Neff has sided with Enbridge on the question of jurisdiction.

Whitmer has been trying since November 2020 to shut down Line 5 for fear of a spill in the Straits of Mackinac, where the pipeline crosses the Great Lakes.

Proponents, including Canada’s federal government, call Line 5 a vital and indispensable source of energy for Ontario, Quebec and several Midwestern states.

Environmental activists fear an anchor strike or technical failure could trigger a catastrophe in one of the area’s most important watersheds.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 18, 2022.

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Reports: Flames closing in on signing UFA forward Nazem Kadri

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The Calgary Flames are closing in on a deal to sign unrestricted free agent Nazem Kadri, according to multiple media reports.

Sportsnet reported the deal is for seven years at US$7 million per season.

The Flames, according to Sportsnet and TSN, are moving forward Sean Monahan to the Montreal Canadiens to create salary cap space for Kadri’s contract. Details of that trade have not been released.

The 32-year-old Kadri was one of the biggest names available in free agency after an All-Star season with Colorado that ended with the Avalanche winning the Stanley Cup.

Kadri had 87 points (28 goals, 59 assists) in 71 games for the Avalanche in 2021-22.

He added 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) in 16 playoff games, including the overtime winner in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup final against Tampa Bay. That was his return to action after being injured in Game 3 of the Western Conference final after being hit from behind by Edmonton forward Evander Kane.

Kadri’s signing would be the latest chapter of a chaotic off-season for the Flames.

Calgary lost leading scorer and Hart Trophy candidate Johnny Gaudreau to the Columbus Blue Jackets early in free agency, then was informed that star forward Matt Tkachuk would not sign a contract extension after the upcoming season.

The Flames dealt Tkachuk to Florida for a package that included forward Jonathan Huberdeau, who had 115 points last season, and defenceman Mackenzie Weegar.

The Flames then locked up Huberdeau long-term with an eight-year, US$84-million contract extension.

Monahan, selected sixth overall by the Flames in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, has played nine seasons in Calgary. The three-time 30-goal scorer tallied just eight goals and 15 assists for 23 points in 65 games last season.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 18, 222.

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