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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 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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Mark Simpson, Adam Ruzicka both score twice, Heat down Marlies 8-1

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CALGARY — Mark Simpson and Adam Ruzicka each had a pair of goals as the Stockton Heat downed the Toronto Marlies 8-1 on Friday in American Hockey League action.

Martin Pospisil scored once and set up two more for the Heat (2-2-0), who also got goals from Matthew Phillips, Luke Philp and Emilio Pettersen.

Dustin Wolf made 26 saves for the Calgary Flames’ AHL affiliate.

Timothy Liljegren found the back of the net for the Marlies (4-4-0), AHL affiliate of the Maple Leafs.

Toronto’s Andrew D’Agostini stopped 18-of-26 shots in two periods of work before giving way to Kai Edmonds, who stopped all three shots he faced in relief.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published February 26, 2021.

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Homan remains in top spot after stealing point in 10th end for win over Carey

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CALGARY — Ontario’s Rachel Homan kicked off play in the championship pool Friday with a 7-6 victory over Chelsea Carey of Team Wild Card One at the Canadian women’s curling playdowns.

Carey, who’s filling in at skip for Tracy Fleury this week, had hammer in the 10th end but gave up a steal of one when she barely missed a runback double-takeout attempt.

The top-seeded Homan improved to 8-1 along with Canada’s Kerri Einarson, who defeated Saskatchewan’s Sherry Anderson 10-6.

In other early games at the Markin MacPhail Centre, Alberta’s Laura Walker needed an extra end to get by Quebec’s Laurie St-Georges 7-6 and Manitoba’s Jennifer Jones posted a 12-8 win over Beth Peterson of Team Wild Card Three.

Another draw was scheduled for Friday night and three more draws were set for Saturday.

Homan, a three-time Hearts champion, started slowly by settling for singles in three of the first five ends. Carey, who edged Homan in the 2019 Scotties final, picked up deuces in the second and fourth before giving up a steal in the sixth.

Carey tried to blank the seventh end but her stone hung around for a point. Homan was a tad wide on an up-weight raise attempt in the eighth, allowing Carey to steal for a two-point cushion.

A Homan deuce tied the game but Carey couldn’t take advantage of hammer coming home.

Jones, meanwhile, who’s aiming for a record seventh national title, stole five points in the 10th end to improve to 7-2. Saskatchewan, Alberta and Quebec were tied in fourth place at 6-3 and the remaining wild-card teams were at 5-4.

The top three teams in the eight-team pool will advance to the playoffs Sunday.

The second- and third-place teams will meet in an afternoon semifinal for a berth in the evening final against the first-place team.

The Hearts winner will return as Team Canada at the 2022 national playdowns in Thunder Bay, Ont. The champion will also earn a berth in the Olympic Trials in November at Saskatoon.

The men’s national championship — the Tim Hortons Brier — starts March 5 at the same Canada Olympic Park venue. The Hearts is the first of six bonspiels to be held at the arena through late April.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 26, 2021.

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